"With her appointment in 1999 [she came] to lead what was then called “Washington Week in Review,” she became one of the first black women to preside over a major national political show."
Judy Woodruff, a co-anchor on PBS News Hour said: “She didn’t mind telling anyone when she thought they were wrong, on camera. She kept it respectful. She was one of the most graceful interrupters I have ever seen.”
She did not let a lie just float when she did interviews. A Peabody Award Winning Journalist, she made sure she tried to get to the truth whenever she was on screen. She moderated two vice presidential debates.
"A preacher’s daughter, Ms. Ifill (pronounced EYE-ful) grew up in a home where the church was paramount but familiarity with the news of the day was essentially a second religion. The Ifills gathered nightly to watch network newscasts, and the children were expected to be conversant in the major events of the civil rights and Vietnam War eras.
Because of her father’s low pay, she noted at one time that she was probably the only Washington journalist covering the Department of Housing and Urban Development who had also lived in federally subsidized housing."
I didn't realize how much she meant to me until she was gone. I missed her this election season. I thought she was just on vacation or something.
I hope to find a book about her life, her beliefs, and how she seemed to maintain her sense of self and push forward someday. Being able to interrupt someone gracefully in certain situations seems like an important life skill for members of an oppressed group.
In the video below, President Obama offers condolences on Gwen Ifill's passing.