Rep. John Lewis Mourns the Passing of Journalist Gwen Ifill
This nation has lost one of its premier journalists. Gwen Ifill exemplified the highest standards of professional reporting . As the seasoned host of the PBS Newshour and Washington Week, she understood the complexities of politics and built a national reputation for leading a substantive, balanced and fair newscast. She believed in the necessity and power of news to educate voters about issues they needed to evaluate and comprehend.
She began her career when few people of color were represented in national television news and when reporters were mainly men. As a pioneer, the challenges she experienced could never subdue her love of politics or silence her desire to blaze a trail for those who might see her very presence as confirmation that they too could succeed.
Beyond her outstanding competence, Gwen Ifill was admired by her colleagues as a gracious, humble, magnanimous human being--rare qualities in a profession that requires ambition and persistence. She was a dear friend to me and to many. She will be deeply missed.