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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.

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