Gwen Ifill - DEAD

Gwen Ifill, of Barbadian roots, Dies

WASHINGTON (USA) (Naked Departure) — GWEN IFILL — Gwen Ifill (of Barbadian roots), one of the most prominent African-American journalists in the country, has died, according to PBS.  She was 61.

Ifill, the host of PBS’ Washington Week, was a veteran Washington journalist who covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008.

Ifill was also the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

In 2013, Ifill was named co-host of the PBS NewsHour. In an interview with The New York Times, she reflected on what her appointment could mean to a new generation.


“When I was a little girl watching programs like this — because that’s the kind of nerdy family we were — I would look up and not see anyone who looked like me in any way. No women. No people of color,” she said. “I’m very keen about the fact that a little girl now, watching the news, when they see me and Judy [Woodruff] sitting side by side, it will occur to them that that’s perfectly normal — that it won’t seem like any big breakthrough at all.”

Ifill died after a battle with cancer.  (Source: NPRorg)

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7 thoughts on “Gwen Ifill, of Barbadian roots, Dies”

  1. Indeed M/s Ifill made us all proud .PBS, you had A Gem Of Lady in your Broadcast Booth & she shall indeed be miss!My Condolences to her entire family!


  2. The mighty power of god gave to Barbados, earthly luminaries and continues to offer us the magnificence of greatness. If we only can embrace the vastness of our minds, then those minds will become, “A terrible thing to waste.” Gwen Ifill , is just one of many such children born to expatriated Barbadians. Former US Attorney General Eric Holder, has relatives that live in St Joseph, the first woman to run for President of the USA Shirley Chisholm, the first man to die in America’s war of Independence, Crispus Attucks, the founder of Prince Hall masonry, Prince Hall, were all bajan. If we can dream, we can achieve.


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