BREAKING NEWS…Gwen Ifill Dead at 61

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Long-time journalist and newscaster Gwen Ifill passed away at the age of 61, PBS confirmed on Monday. Ifill was best known as being the moderator and managing editor of PBS talk show Washington Week, as well as the co-anchor of PBS NewsHour. She moderated two vice-presidential debates, between John Edwards and Dick Cheney in 2004; and between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden in 2008. Ifill also moderated a Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders just last year. She released her only book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, in 2009. “I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away today in hospice care in Washington,” WETA President and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller wrote in a staff-wide email. “I spent an hour with her this morning and she was resting comfortably, surrounded by loving family and friends…

Earlier today, I conveyed to Gwen the devoted love and affection of all of us at WETA/NewsHour. Let us hold Gwen and her family even closer now in our hearts and prayers.” The Daily Beast has learned that Ifill was extraordinarily private about her health and was reluctant to publicly share the details of her battle with cancer. She first learned of her diagnosis less than a year ago and was surrounded by family when she passed away.

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