Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill

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Pioneering journalist Gwen Ifill dies at 61

Career began with gig at Banner in ’70s

From humble beginnings as the daughter of Caribbean immigrant parents and a graduate of Springfield High School, Gwen Ifill soared to the top of her profession as a political journalist, moderating political debates and hosting “Washington Week in Review” on PBS — the first black woman to host a national weekly news program. Ifill died Monday in hospice care after a struggle with endometrial cancer. Her professional career, which began in Boston, served as an inspiration to many in the field.