PBS NewsHour and Washington Week anchor Gwen Ifill died on Monday at age 61 after a battle with cancer. Ifill was a beloved figure inside Washington D.C. and it showed through on Twitter, where her colleagues rushed to pay tribute to her.
Ifill missed time on PBS in May to deal with health issues and was missing from PBS election coverage. It wasn’t until today that PBS confirmed that Ifill, a former New York Times journalist who joined the network in 1999, had cancer.
Here is how members of the press and others remembered Ifill for her long career.
Piers Morgan tweeted this video of NBC News correspondent Pete Williams tearing up as he announced the news on MSNBC.
Representative Barbara Lee of California:
Maria Shriver said her heart is broken after hearing the news:
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer shared a photo with her, calling Ifill is “good friend.”
Nicholas Kristof, who writes for the New York Times, called her a “first-rate journalist.”
CNN writer Brian Stelter:
Here are other tributes:
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt wrote:
PBS NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff said:
She was not only my dear friend, she was the best partner one can imagine, because she was committed to fairness and to the finest in journalism. You always knew when working with Gwen that she had your back. I’m crushed that she won’t be sitting by my side on the NewsHour any more, but her mark on this program and on American journalism will endure.
Politicians have also paid tribute. Sarah Palin, who was in the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate Ifill moderated, wrote:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote:
Texas Senator Ted Cruz added:
President Bill Clinton:
In a statement to PBS, President Barack Obama called Ifill “extraordinary journalist” who “always kept faith with the fundamental responsibility of her profession.”