Legendary journalist, author and television newscaster Gwen Ifill died Monday at the age of 61, reportedly from cancer, according to The Washington Post. Known for her work as moderator on PBS's public affairs programs Washington Week and PBS NewsHour, Ifill had a 40-year career, during which she worked at the Baltimore Evening Sun, The Washington Post, and The New York Times as well as on television with NBC and PBS. Perhaps one of the most prominent broadcast journalists in America, Gwen Ifill was an inspiration to many an up-and-coming reporter, blazing trails in particular for African-American women in journalism.
Ifill, who moderated a debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in February, was known for her dedication to her work and her outstanding talents as a broadcaster and moderator. As news of her death has spread, many print journalists and television newscasters have taken to Twitter to express their respect, admiration and love for Ifill as well as reflect on her work and legacy. With tributes pouring in from all parts of the world and from all corners of the media, expressions on social media are making clear just how impactful her work was and just how many lives she has touched. Ifill will be greatly missed.