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PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill dead at 61

PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill dead at 61
Posted at 2:16 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 14:16:56-05

WASHINGTON — Gwen Ifill, the veteran journalist and newscaster who co-hosted PBS NewsHour, has died at the age of 61, her close friend Michele Norris confirmed on Monday.

Ifill, who worked at The Washington Post, The New York Times and NBC News, became moderator of PBS’s “Washington Week in Review” in 1999 and co-host of NewsHour in 2013. She and co-host Judy Woodruff were the first women to co-host a nightly news broadcast.

Ifill also moderated the 2004 vice-presidential debate and the 2008 vice-presidential debate, as well as a 2016 Democratic primary debate.

Ifill had been facing ongoing health issues that forced her to take a leave of absence from NewsHour in May. She was also absent from the show last week.