People Involved in Awards and Honors—Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award Recipient (RTDNF—Radio Television Digital News Foundation)

Gwen Ifill, Gwendolyn L. Ifill

In 1999, when Gwen Ifill (1955–2016) debuted as moderator and managing editor on the PBS political affairs roundtable program Washington Week, she became the first woman of African descent to host a nationally televised public affairs program in the United States. Born Gwendolyn L. Ifill in New York City, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications from Simmons College (1977) in Boston, Massachusetts, the city where she began her career in journalism at the Boston Herald American.

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