We say goodbye to veteran Washington journalist Gwen Ifill

On Monday, November 14th I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and colleague, Gwen Ifill. I have known Gwen for nearly 40 years, since we were both young reporters covering Maryland politics.

She broke many barriers, from the highest levels in print journalism to NBC News to co-anchoring PBS NewsHour. She was also a moderator for presidential debates.

She had many fans in the Greater Rochester area and just recently we were talking about her coming back to visit us in the spring. Gwen will be greatly missed by everyone who admired her as a journalist and as a member of the PBS family.

Several rememberance pieces have been produced to honor Gwen. I encourage you to listen/watch them. They will give you a breadth of the amazing work she did in the news industry and how she served as an advoacte for women and black journalists, and as a mentor to young journalists.

Veteran Washington Journalist Gwen Ifill Dies At 61, NPR

Remembering Gwen, PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill Has Died, WXXI News