LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday marked a sad day for the journalism world. Veteran PBS journalist, Gwen Ifill passed away. She used to live here in western Massachusetts, and she touched many lives along the way.
Ifill , co-anchor of PBS’ “NewsHour” with Judy Woodruff and a veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates, died Monday of cancer, the network said. She was 61-years-old.
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Ifill attended the old Classical High School in Springfield. Her father was a pastor, and she frequently moved throughout New England. After starting her career as a newspaper reporter, Ifill switched to TV, working for both NBC News and PBS.
In 2007, the President of Bay Path University, Dr. Carol Leary, presented Ifill with an Honorary Doctorate after delivering the commencement speech to that year’s graduating class.
Dr. Leary spoke with 22News about Ifill’s character, saying “She was very warm, genuine and authentic.”
Dr. Leary said, “We’ve lost one of America’s best broadcast journalists…and we ‘ve lost a woman who could have had many more years of impact on our country.”