Remembering PBS Journalist Gwen Ifill

The veteran journalist and co-anchor of PBS' "NewsHour" who moderated two vice presidential debates died of cancer at 61.
1:33 | 11/15/16

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Finally here tonight remembering a towering figure in American journalism. Good evening. I welcome to Elkhart Indiana as we sit down with President Obama from her humble beginnings as a minister's daughter to becoming part of the first all female anchor team on the evening news good. What nightfall when Eiffel was a pioneer she was born in York city in 1955 while in college she interned at the Boston Herald. An experience she would later describe on the PBS series makers. I call myself the lonely only because we're no other black women really in that situation in that time but that stopped me and you the way things to do those things. Let's would lead her into television this. Mr. vice president at ninety seconds to respond in 2004 she became the first African American woman to moderate a vice presidential debate on. A role she would fill again in 2008. I start with you Governor Palin tonight after her death from cancer tributes pouring in on social media. Even President Obama offering his condolences during his press conference this afternoon. She was extraordinary journalist. She always kept faith with the fundamental responsibilities of a profession and asking for tough questions. Holding people in power accountable and defending his strong and free press that makes our democracy work. Gwen Eiffel. Was 61 years old. Our thoughts are with her family tonight. Thank you for watching ABC news has always we're online 24/7 at and on our Nightline FaceBook page. Thanks again for watching and good night.

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