Gwendolyn L. Gwen Ifill AKA Gwen Ifill was born on 29th September 1955 in New York City, New York, United States of America. Gwen Ifill family consists of eight members including her father, mother and six siblings. She is the fifth child among six children. Her father Oliver Urcille Ifill Sr. is an African Methodist Episcopal minister who was emigrated from Panama and her mother Eleanor Ifill was from Barbados. Her only sister Maria Phillip Ifill is a Foreign Service officer in Georgetown, Guyana. She grew up in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. She did her bachelor’s degree in arts majoring in communications from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1977.
By profession, she was a journalist, television newscaster and author. While studying at Simmons College, she interned for the Boston Herald-America. From the year 1981 to 1984, she worked for the Baltimore Evening Sun and from 1984 to 1991, she was hired in the Washington post. Later, she served in The New York Times and covered the news on The White House till 1994. Her first ever job in television was for NBC where she was the reporter in Capitol Hill. In October 1999, she became the moderator in the PBS show Washington Week in Review. She was the first black woman to host a national political talk show on television. Later she appeared in numerous news programs like Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Charlie Rose and many more. Beside these, she also wrote a book titled The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama focusing on several African-American politicians.
Honors and Awards
In the year 2000, she was awarded with the Women in Film and Video Women of Vision award. Similarly, in 2004, she got the Gracie Allen Tribute Award and in 2008, she received Peabody Award for her work on Washington Week. She received more than 20 honorary doctorates from universities around the world like Georgetown University, Smith College and Bates College.
Talking about Gwen Ifill personal life, she never got married or had any children. She was so much involved in her profession life that she never thought about having an affair or boyfriend. She had a large extended family with whom she was much closed. From the year 1989 until her death, she spent her life in Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. As she was not married so it would be foolish to talk about Gwen Ifill husband.
Death and bio
Gwen Ifill died at the age of 61, due to breast and endometrial cancer on 14th November 2016. She spent her final days in the hospice around her family and friends in Washington D.C. Other details related to Gwen Ifill bio and her life journey is available in the most visited site Wikipedia.