With the elections nearing, it is certain that there will be a lot of debates between the Republicans and Democrats. In these debates, moderators play a crucial role that can decide the very future of the debate participants. One of these well-known moderators is Gwen Ifill. Ifill’s began as a judge in 2004. So what is she up to now?
She has taken a hiatus from work, perhaps to get married? Find out the reason behind her break and settle her husband rumors.
Ifill Taking Leave:
Ifill recently informed her audience that she would be temporarily signing off from the show for a few weeks. Later, Hari Sreenivasan came as a substitute co-anchor for ‘News Hour Weekend.' But it was unreported to why she would be gone. Many people might suspect that two weeks time is an appropriate amount of time it takes for getting married. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but Ifill doesn’t even have a rumored boyfriend, so the idea of a husband, children and family are a long way from the equation.
Reason Behind Her Absence:
The real reason to why Ifill was absent was for medical reasons. Although the detailed description of it is not given, PBS has confirmed that it is nothing serious, and she is doing well enough to return shortly. Afterward, Ifill herself confirmed to the news of her return with a great interview with President.
For those who wondered if I was ever coming back... https://t.co/K5puzZWlPX— gwen ifill (@gwenifill) May 25, 2016
But now she has come back and has been working for PBS. She has multiple responsibilities in PBS includes as she is not just a moderator but an anchor, a newscaster, and editor as well. Besides, this she is also for being the author of ‘The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama’ that published in 2009. This is the same book that raised the criticism for her in the 2008 presidential debate because this book was part bibliography part story of Obama and other African-American politicians.
Contribution as a Debate Conductor:
She has only conducted three primary debates as a moderator two of which were vice-presidential and one was presidential. Her debates were very famous as her 2nd vice presidential election she conducted between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden was the most-viewed debate.
She received a deal of criticism before the presidential debate as the recent news of her book release indicated she would favor Obama. Ifill shut the mouth of such critics by conducting another fantastic unbiased debate. But what is up with the fierce moderator nowadays as you may have noticed her disappearance on her shows, News Hour and The Washington Week.
Caption: Gwen Ifill conducting the vice-presidential debate between Edwards and Cheney.
That is not all of Gwen when it comes to being just and fair. In fact, she had similar opinions related to the present presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. She pointed out an important fact about the debate that might have been overlooked.
She said on PBS on October 7, 2016, "we would have been paying attention a lot more tonight to some revelations from WikiLeaks about Hillary Clinton’s email — her latest email tranche from the State Department.”
Gwen Ifill deceased at the age of 61:
Sadly, in the same year of 2016, Gwen Ifill took her last breath. The PBS newscaster passed away on November 14, 2016, due to breast and endometrial cancer which was diagnosed in 2015. It appears that her previous leave and hiatus were due to her cancer but against her wishes and efforts, she lost to the whims of fate.
Friends, family, fans, and colleague all mourned together as the world loses one of the greatest Racial/Gender barrier-breaking icons.
"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," says Gwen's boss and PBS president Paula Kerger.
Even Ex-president Obama released a statement during a Press Conference regarding Gwen stating,
"Whether she reported from the convention floor or from the field, whether she sat at the debate moderator's table or the anchor's desk, she not only informed today's citizens, she also inspired tomorrow's journalists, She was an especially powerful role model for young women and girls who admired her integrity, her tenacity, and her intellect, and for whom she blazed a trail as one-half of the first all-female network anchor team on network news"
and further describing Ifill as "an extraordinary journalist" who "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."
Long time friends and colleagues such as Georgia Borger, Nia-Malika Henderson, and Jamie Gangel subsequently released a statement or two about Ifill's death citing it as one of CNN's greatest losses.
Not many will forget her contributions to the field of Journalism and her contributions to improving the American Society as a woman, an African-American, and a proud American Citizen.
Very saddened by the death of Gwen Ifill, outstanding journalist and wonderful human being. https://t.co/f4lnlkMxmt— Marty Baron (@PostBaron) November 14, 2016
Howlingly sad. Dear sweet Gwen is gone. RIP @gwenifill— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill's Short Bio:
Gwen Ifill was born on September 29, 1955, in New York City, New York as the fifth to be born among her six siblings. She graduated in 1977 with a Bachelors of Arts degree from the Simmons College. She began by interning for Boston Herald American where she was immediately hired but left after a co-worker passed a note saying, “Go Home Nigger.”
On August 12, 2016, news came that she would be receiving the Colombian Journalism Award. However, she passed away before receiving it. Subsequently, she was posthumously awarded the Cronkite award as well as the Radcliffe Medal.#American journalist #Washington Week #Judy Woodruff #PBS NewsHour