A Heart-Warming Tribute to Longtime Journalist Gwen Ifill

The respected host of "PBS News Hour" and "Washington Week" is remembered for her strength, fairness and integrity.
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Finally tonight, we pay tribute to long-time journalist Gwen Ifill. She broke barriers and earned enormous respect along the way. We learned today she has died at 61, after a private battle with cancer. Good evening. I'm Judy wood rough. And I'm Gwen Ifill. Reporter: She was on pbs. She started with Judy woodruff three years ago. And it was just this year, they comoderated one of the debates. Born in New York City in 1955, Gwen was a minister's daughter. Chef studied communications at Simmons college and interned at the Boston herald American. Chef was the only African-American woman there. And she talked about it on the pbs series, "Makers." There were no other black women, really, in that situation at that time. But that didn't stop me. I knew there were things to do. Reporter: In 2004, eye fill became the first African-American woman to moderate a vice presidential debate. There have been new developments in Iraq. Reporter: Four years later, Gwen Ifill would return again. If you want to break through, if you want to have attention paid, if you want to accomplish your goals and your dreams, you've got to be willing to work hard. What'sthe point otherwise? People said a lot to me about their daughters. I would say, yeah, it's just a job, I just do this, yes, but my daughter doesn't see anyone like herself on the air. People have that pride that makes you get up every day, say, I have to keep doing this. We celebrate Gwen's work and her way. I'm David Muir. I'll see you back here tomorrow night. Good night.

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