AAJA Mourns Loss of Journalist Gwen Ifill



SAN FRANCISCO – The Asian American Journalists Association is saddened by the death of journalist Gwen Ifill.

Ifill, who was the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, as well as the co-anchor of PBS NewsHour, died on Monday at age 61.

She had a remarkable career, starting in newsrooms such as the Boston Herald-American and the Baltimore Evening Sun and working her way to The Washington Post, The New York Times, and PBS NewsHour.

“At a time when there were few journalists of color, let alone women in those positions, Ifill truly was a role model for all,” said Paul Cheung, AAJA President. “She will be missed.”

As a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists, she helped blaze trails for many journalists of color – including volunteering for AAJA’s JCamp program for high school students in 2014.

“It’s hard to describe what a tremendous loss this is – for fellow members of her public media family, for journalists of color, and for everyone who cares about the high standards and commitment to journalism she brought to her work,” said Niala Boodhoo, AAJA Vice-President of Broadcast.

AAJA extends its condolences to her family and friends.



AAJA National Governing Board



Kathy Chow, Executive Director, Asian American Journalists Association, 415-346-2051 ext. 106, kathyc@oldsite.aaja.org