PBS broadcast news veteran Gwen Ifill passed away this week at the age of 61 after a short battle with endometrial cancer.
“Gwen was one of America’s leading lights in journalism and a fundamental reason public media is considered a trusted window on the world by audiences across the nation,” Paula Kerger, the PBS president and CEO, said. “She often said that her job was to bring light rather than heat to issues of importance to our society,” Kerger added.
Ifill had been a prominent name in the news business who worked at The Washington Post, The New York Times and NBC News before taking over PBS’ NewsHour in 2013. News of her passing quickly spread through social media, evoking an outpouring of condolences from people like Dr. Ben Carson, Lester Holt and Tamron Hall.
I’m saddened to learn of the passing of @gwenifill. She was an amazing journalist and will be truly missed.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) November 14, 2016
Very saddened by the death of Gwen Ifill, outstanding journalist and wonderful human being. https://t.co/f4lnlkMxmt
— Marty Baron (@PostBaron) November 14, 2016
Very sad to learn we have lost Gwen Ifill. Gwen represented the best of broadcast journalism. Our hearts are broken.
— Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) November 14, 2016
Heartbroken to learn Gwen Ifill has passed away. She was my hero, a woman who deserved all the praise she received. Honest and true
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) November 14, 2016
No one was more full of heart and encouragement and quick to offer friendship. Gwen Ifill was a treasure. I’m so sad to hear she is gone.
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill and her family are some of the most intelligent and faithful people I have ever known.
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill was an American treasure. First rate journalist, lovely person, brilliant woman. She will be missed.
— Touré (@Toure) November 14, 2016
We mourn the loss of an outstanding and beloved journalist and friend. Gwen Ifill will be deeply missed.
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) November 14, 2016
Oh my heart is breaking. Love you and miss you @gwenifill RIP
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) November 14, 2016
.@gwenifill I’m heartbroken and not ready for the past tense with you. Sending all the love in the world to your family and loved ones.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 14, 2016
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) November 14, 2016