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Gwen Ifill, pioneering broadcaster, PBS host, dies at 61

Gwen Ifill, pioneering broadcaster, PBS host, dies at 61

Gwen Ifill, a pioneering figure as the first African-American woman to co-anchor a national newscast and serve as solo anchor of a weekly national public affairs show, died Monday of cancer at a hospice in Washington.

The former Baltimore Evening Sun reporter was 61.

Ms. Ifill was co-anchor and co-managing editor of PBS' “NewsHour” program. She was also moderator and managing editor of the network's Friday-night, political roundtable show “Washington Week.”

Her death was confirmed Monday by PBS.

Ms. Ifill joined PBS in 1999, taking over as moderator and managing editor at “Washington Week.” In 2013, she and co-anchor Judy...

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