PBS NewsHour Anchor Gwen Ifill Has Died

By Kevin Eck 

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Gwen Ifill, co-anchor of PBS NewsHour, has died.

“​It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must share that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away this afternoon following several months of cancer treatment,” PBS said in a statement.

PBS says Ifill was surrounded by her family and friends when she died.

Our sister site TVNewser reports the 61-year-old Ifill last appeared on-air on Oct. 9, the night of the second presidential debate.

“Gwen was a standard bearer for courage, fairness and integrity in an industry going through seismic change,” said Sara Just, PBS NewsHour executive producer and WETA SVP​​​. “She was a mentor to so many across the industry and her professionalism was respected across the political spectrum. She was a journalist’s journalist and set an example for all around her.”

“So many people in the audience felt that they knew and adored her,” said Just. “She had a tremendous combination of warmth and authority. She was stopped on the street routinely by people who just wanted to give her a hug and considered her a friend after years of seeing her on tv. We will forever miss her terribly.”​​​​​