2014 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS Newshour. She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice Presidential debates during the 2008 and 2004 elections.
Ifill joined both Washington Week and the NewsHour in 1999, interviewing newsmakers and reporting on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. In 2009, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. In 2010, Ifill received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.
Before coming to PBS, she spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent. Ifill joined NBC News from The New York Times where she covered the White House and politics. She also covered national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun and Boston Herald American. She is the author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama (Doubleday, 2009).
She has received more than 20 honorary doctorates and is the recipient of several broadcasting excellence awards, including honors from Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center, the National Press Foundation, the Radio Television News Directors Association, American Women in Radio and Television and the Matrix Award.
A native of New York City and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Journalists and serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the News Literacy Project.