Was Gwen Ifill Married Before Her Death? Does She Have Children?

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Was Gwen Ifill Married Before Her Death? Does She Have Children?

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth 1955-09-29 (Died- 2016-11-14)
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place New York City, New York, United State
  • Profession Journalist
  • Birth Name Gwendolyn L. Ifill
  • Zodiac Sign Libra
  • Father Urcille Ifill
  • Mother Eleanor Ifill
  • Brother/s Earle Ifill, Oliver Ifill, Jr., Roberto Ifill
  • Sister/s Maria Phillip Ifill
  • Children/Kids No
  • Net Worth $4 Million
  • Career 1981-2016
  • College Simmons College
  • Height/ How Tall? 5 feet 5 inch
  • Weight N/A
  • Hair Short
  • Siblings 5
  • Lesbian No

Gwen Ifill is the journalist who made a lasting impression in the hearts of people ranging from civilians to the President of the United States himself. She served as a moderator and a managing editor of PBS NewsHour until she passed away in November 2016 at the age of 61. 

There isn’t much need to mention her achievements as the journalist’s success has been recorded and witnessed by many.

But, what intrigues fans is her personal life, which was a mystery to all as Gwen was never really open about her relationships. Hence, questions such as ‘Did she have a husband?’ or ‘Did she have any children?’ might be lingering on in some people’s minds. 

So, without further ado, let’s try to look at the facts and speculations that revolved around the PBS NewsHour anchor’s personal life.

Was Gwen Married? Any Children?

There was a time in 2008 when the moderator of Washington Week was asked a lot of questions about her marriage. And to stop all the speculations, she explained Time that she was not giving much thought to the subject. 

“I don’t know why I’m not married. I just know I will be, so I don’t sweat it.”

The speculations started again when Gwen took a short break from anchoring her show NewsHour in May 2016 for unknown reasons. It was the period when many thought that she had gotten married. But later, it was revealed that Gwen took the leave due to some medical reasons, putting a lid on the rumors.

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Gwen Ifill on 5 October 2008 in Washington, DC (Photo:nbcnews.com)

Sadly, she passed away on 14 November 2016, and her desire to get married never got fulfilled. So, without a husband, she was not fortunate to have any children during her lifetime.

Death By Cancer, Immortalized

On 14 November 2016, the inspiring journalist took her last breath after losing the battle to endometrial cancer. 

Thousands of people gathered on the sad day to mourn her final rest. A lot of people, including Michelle Obama, were present to say goodbye to the veteran Washington journalist. 

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The service for her funeral was held at the Metropolitan A.M.E Church, where Gwen was a life-long member. It visualized her faith and exhibited her ancestry as a daughter of Caribbean immigrants.

Among the well-wishers to the family, ex-President of the United States, Barack Obama expressed his condolences and paid his respects through a letter as he was in Peru at the moment. In a press conference, he described Gwen as a powerful role model for young women and girls.

"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, to add to the memory of such a great journalist, the U.S. Postal service released a Forever stamp in October 2019 featuring Gwen Ifill, thus immortalizing her in the history of the United States.

May her soul rest in peace!