Remembering Gwen Ifill

Publication No. 13

Creative Work/Article

Lamb, Y.R. (Feb. 18, 2017.) “Remembering Gwen Ifill.” USA Todaynewspaper and USA TODAY’s Black History Month Special Edition: History Comes Home.


USA Today - 2017 Black History MonthUSA Today invited me to write two articles for a Black History Month Special Edition circulated internationally:

The articles also ran in the regular newspaper. The editor was attracted to a previous piece that I wrote about the life and death of journalist Gwen Ifill for the Women’s Media Center.


Fame never changed Gwen Ifill. “She was ‘regular’ in the best sense of the word,” recalls Kevin Merida,who met her as a college student and later became friends and friendly competitors. She made a smooth transition from print to broadcast journalism, becoming moderator and managing editor of PBS’s Washington Week as well as co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour — the last positions she held before her death Nov. 14 of cancer at age 61. Her death resonated with everyone from the Obamas to ordinary citizens of all backgrounds.

Ifill just did her job and did it well — so well that guests gravitated toward Washington Week for its no-nonsense quality. Journalists emulated her, and viewers tuned in night after night. ABC reporter Candace Smith likens Ifill’s impact to that of the first African-American woman to go into space. “She was the Mae Jemison of journalism, our own trailblazer, our pioneer.”

USA Today has average daily paid circulation Monday to Friday of 726,906 with a print readership of 2.6 million and 97.4 million unique visitors on its website.

This publication meets criteria No. 10 set forth on page 10 in Appendix A of Recommendation 305-2015 as an Exemplary Creative/Professional Activity.

Criteria No. 10.Authorship of works such asarticles, reviews, commentaries, multimedia, and/or other creative projects published or broadcast locally, nationally or internationally in newspapers, magazines, popular or industry-specific media (e.g., PR Tactics, JAE, Folio, AJR, CJR etc.) or on the Internet if they demonstrate high standards in the practice of the discipline.

PBS photo: Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of PBS’s Washington Week as well as co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour



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August 16, 2018

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