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“Gwen was an extraordinary and special person — one of the nation’s leading lights in journalism”

by Prince Of Petworth November 15, 2016 at 9:45 am 9 Comments

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via WETA

From WETA:

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must share that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away this afternoon following several months of cancer treatment. She was surrounded by loving family and many friends whom we ask that you keep in your thoughts and prayers. Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President & CEO of WETA, sent the following email to staff earlier today: “Gwen was an extraordinary and special person — one of the nation’s leading lights in journalism, a gracious and inspiring colleague, and a warm and steadfast friend. As she bravely battled cancer, Gwen was lifted by the well wishes, flowers and emails from so many who love and respect her. My heart truly goes out to her and her wonderful family. Earlier today, I conveyed to Gwen the devoted love and affection of all of us at WETA/NewsHour. Let us hold Gwen and her family even closer now in our hearts and prayers. I have loved knowing and working with Gwen and will always cherish her memory.”

  • Moon

    A class act. Always one of my favorites.

    • Anon

      “a class act” isn’t quite the compliment I think you intended.

  • Rich

    She could be a bit too mainstream media “conventional wisdom” (giving false equivalence to preposterous differences of opinion or differences between data and ideas) in her approach to controversial issues like education and health care. OTOH, compared with CNN’s general stupidity, she was the kind of class act we won’t see until someone really takes on the the awful state of tv news.

    • anon

      If you aren’t a bit (or more) too mainstream about most everything, you wouldn’t make in it mainstream journalism – it’s a fact. Still, somebody’s got to do the job.

  • Anon

    Gwen was a national treasure. May she Rest In Peace.

    • David Bell

      Amen.

  • OP Anon

    Powerful, smart woman. She and her analysis will be greatly missed.

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