By MADISON BROWN
One of this week’s top news stories focuses on someone who used to lead the news by reporting it.
Gwen Ifill, former co-host of PBS NewsHour, died on Monday at age 61.
Ifill dominated the world of news media and politics, having covered the White House, Congress and many national campaigns over the course of her career. The Washington Post, The New York Times, NBC and PBS all hold spaces on her impressive resume.
Another impressive accomplishment, Ifill broke glass ceilings before it was cool. She began her journalism career in the 1970s, a time when white men ruled the newsrooms, as an African American woman. And she didn’t stop there.
More recently, she became half of the first network nightly news female co-anchor team with Judy Woodruff on PBS.
According to her family, Ifill’s death was related to uterine cancer.
“I got my first job by exceeding expectations,” Ifill said in an interview with the Archive of American Television in 2011.
Ifill changed journalism with her acclaimed work and dedication, and helped pave the way for females and minorities now and for years to come.