Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
Gwen Ifill 2006
PBSGwen Ifill, who holds two highly-respected positions in the field of broadcast journalism-- Moderator and Managing Editor of PBS’s Washington Week and senior correspondent for the Newshour with Jim Lehrer-- has been selected for the 2006 Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.
Gwen Ifill made the move to broadcasting by joining NBC more than a dozen years ago after a notable reporting career covering national affairs and politics for the New York Times and the Washington Post. As NBC News’ chief congressional and political correspondent, Gwen Ifill reported on the 1992 presidential campaign, Washington’s many legislative battles, and the impeachment of President Clinton, appearing regularly on NBC’s news programs, including Nightly News, the Today show, Meet the Press, and on the MSNBC cable network.
Her work with Washington Week began as a regular panelist for this flagship PBS public affairs program. In October 1999, she took over the moderator’s chair, while also joining the Newshour team. In October 2004, Gwen Ifill was asked to moderate the vice-presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards. She is actively involved in journalism and journalism education organizations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Museum of Television and Radio and the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism.