News that PBS journalist Gwen Ifill has died shook the media on Monday and triggered an outpouring of tributes on Twitter, where reporters remembered the two-time vice-presidential debate moderator as a kind and talented pioneer.
Many journalists described Ifill, who died of cancer at 61, as a role model for women of color in the press and a beacon of professionalism for all.
“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,” PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said in a statement. “Her contributions to thoughtful reporting and civic discourse simply cannot be overstated. She often said that her job was to bring light rather than heat to issues of importance to our society. Gwen did this with grace and a steadfast commitment to excellence.”
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) November 14, 2016
Very sad news about Gwen Ifill — her voice will be missed. Condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. https://t.co/WO0ahu9GXH
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) November 14, 2016
Howlingly sad. Dear sweet Gwen is gone. RIP @gwenifill
— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) November 14, 2016
— NPR (@NPR) November 14, 2016
— Katherine Fritcke (@KFritcke_KJZZ) November 14, 2016
— Pai En Yu (@PieinMASS) November 14, 2016
NBC's Pete Williams reports on the death of friend and colleague Gwen Ifill pic.twitter.com/oMTyLiMX4w
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met in the press. Also, one of the best. This is too much. https://t.co/1eUOUCZm2x
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 14, 2016
Shocked by the sad news of Gwen Ifill's passing. A first class journalist & human being. My heart breaks. She was too young to have left us.
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill was my good friend. I will miss her. May she Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/sB7zUIj93d
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) November 14, 2016
— Liz Bowie (@lizbowie) November 14, 2016
RIP Gwen Ifill. My first partner at The Post. Will treasure the example she set, and always, always remember that laugh.
— Robert Barnes (@scotusreporter) November 14, 2016
1. I met @gwenifill once while interning in DC. She was the kind of person who made a point to learn your name.
— Traci Lee (@traciglee) November 14, 2016
Horribly sad news today. @gwenifill was a pioneer and truth teller. As fine a journalist and as warm a colleague and friend as they come.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) November 14, 2016
— Vasilia (@VasiliaSD) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill, RIP. In a league of her own. A wonderful woman and mentor. An incisive and compelling reporter. pic.twitter.com/yZHw6cDcGr
— Robert Costa (@costareports) November 14, 2016
I am heartbroken to report that Gwen Ifill has died. Ifill had been battling cancer. She was 61.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 14, 2016
— Nathaniel Haas (@nathanielhaas2) November 14, 2016
— val_mccabe (@val_mccabe) November 14, 2016
Very sad new for @PBS fans: Gwen Ifill has died at 61.
— Emily Gurnon (@EmilyGurnon) November 14, 2016
Rest up above Gwen Ifill. Just on representing black women alone, you were a blessing. @gwenifill.
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) November 14, 2016
— Joey Carrera (@Joey_Carrera) November 14, 2016
Heartbroken over @gwenifill passing away. A true giant of journalism. She will be greatly missed.
— Ben Amey (@BenAmeyTV) November 14, 2016
Ifill and PBS colleague Judy Woodruff moderated a Democratic primary debate in February. She took a leave of absence in April for undisclosed health reasons, but returned the next month. PBS said the week before Election Day that Ifill would once again take a leave and would be unable to anchor election-night coverage.