Gwen Ifill: “I Have the Coolest Job in the World”

Gwen Ifill, who was honored with the National Press Foundation’s 2006 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, died Monday at 61.

Receiving the NPF award, the co-anchor of the PBS NewsHour thanked her bosses for what she called “the coolest job in the world.”

“Journalism is about asking the questions, not assuming the answers. It’s about being skeptical, not cynical,” Ifill said then. “It is about never getting so caught up in yourself that you forget your audience.”

You can watch her remarks at the NPF dinner here, courtesy of C-SPAN.

Ifill joined PBS in 1999. Her PBS bio quotes her saying, “I always knew I wanted to be a journalist, and my first love was newspapers. But public broadcasting provides the best of both worlds – combining the depth of newspapering with the immediate impact of broadcast television.”

Prior to PBS, Ifill reported for NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun and Boston Herald American.


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