Gwen Ifill, first-rate journalist and super person, @PBS news anchor, model of professionalism, is dead at 61.RIP https://t.co/GY2U6f UTyj pic.twitter.com/m AXMV8cwwq— Nicholas Kristof (@Nick Kristof) November 14, 2016 Ifill was scheduled to receive a prestigious award, the John Chancellor Award, at a Columbia University ceremony on Wednesday."They didn't know what a college-educated black woman was and they didn't know how to treat me," she once told The Washington Post.One day, she told the Post, a staffer left her a note in the photo lab that said "Nigger go home." The editors were so apologetic about the issue that they hired Ifill after her 1977 graduation, she recalled.Ifill also moderated the 20 vice-presidential debates, as well as a 2016 Democratic primary debate."Whether she reported from the convention floor or from the field, whether she sat at the debate moderator's table or the anchor's desk, she not only informed today's citizens, she also inspired tomorrow's journalists," Obama said.
Borger recalled that Ifill's "preparation for those debates was stunning." "She was such a role model for me, and for so many people," CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson said.
In a telephone interview, Norris remembered her as a dedicated journalist, someone who stayed true to the values of her craft amid wrenching changes across the news industry.
Ifill was diagnosed with cancer sometime at the end of 2015 or early in 2016, Norris said.
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I was told by one of these sources, who is a law enforcement official, that this was a dark-skinned male," King said Wednesday.