>> Gwen Ifill, one of the most prominent African American TV journalists, died on Monday at the age of 61. PBS announcing on it's website, Ifill passed away from cancer after several months of treatment. President Obama offering these personal reflections.>> Gwen was friend of ours, she was an extraordinary journalist.
She always kept faith with the fundamental responsibilities of her profession, asking tough questions. Holding people in power accountable and defending a strong and free press that makes our democracy work. I always appreciated Gwen's reporting, even when I was at the receiving end of one of her tough and thorough interviews.
>> Ifill, an award winning, lasting fixture on the PBS NewsHour, earlier this year moderated a Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. That wasn't her only time moderating. She also led the discussion during the Vice Presidential debates for both 2004 and 2008. In that one, between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, referring to Ifill, joked, the person who won was the black lady.
Before her stint on TV, Ifill worked for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. Ifill was co-anchor of the signature nightly news program on PBS, as well as managing editor and moderator of the weekly political show, Washington Week.