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Journalist Gwen Ifill Passes Away at Age 61

MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r)  David Ignatius, Columnist, Washington Post, left, and Gwen Ifill, Co-Anchor, PBS NewsHour, right, appear on "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C., Sunday, August 24, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

MEET THE PRESS — Pictured: (l-r) David Ignatius, Columnist, Washington Post, left, and Gwen Ifill, Co-Anchor, PBS NewsHour, right, appear on “Meet the Press” in Washington, D.C., Sunday, August 24, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

Gwen Ifill, a trailblazing political journalist, died on Monday at a hospice in Washington. She was 61.

The cause was complications of uterine cancer, her brother Roberto said.

Ms. Ifill broke barriers as a black woman in a field dominated by white men.

She achieved her highest visibility most recently, as the moderator and managing editor of the public affairs program “Washington Week” on PBS and the co-anchor and co-managing editor, with Judy Woodruff, of “NewsHour,” competing with the major broadcast and cable networks for the nightly news viewership. They were the first all-female anchor team on network nightly news.

Last spring, she and Ms. Woodruff were the moderators of a Democratic primary debate between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, reprising a role that Ms. Ifill had performed solo between sparring vice-presidential candidates in the 2004 and 2008 general election campaigns.

 

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