WASHINGTON ― Veteran journalist Gwen Ifill, who died of cancer last year at the age of 61, will be honored by her alma mater.
The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts and Humanities will launch next July. Ifill’s family will donate memorabilia to the school, including documents, honorary degrees and the blazers she wore when she moderated the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates, according to Boston’s WBUR.
Ifill, along with her “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor Judy Woodruff, were the first women to co-host a nightly news program. Before joining PBS in 1999, Ifill spent years covering politics for The New York Times, The Washington Post and NBC News — often one of few, if any, black women in those newsrooms.
“The kind of unimpeded curiosity Gwen brought to her work, coupled with her warmth, integrity and commitment to truth-telling, is something all of our students aspire to ― no matter what field of study they pursue. We are extraordinarily proud of her and so pleased to formalize her legacy at Simmons this way,” the college’s president, Helen Drinan, said in a statement.
“I can think of no more fitting honor for her work,” Ifill’s cousin Sherrilyn Ifill, a prominent civil rights attorney, tweeted on Tuesday morning.
Earlier this week, “PBS NewsHour” staff commemorated Ifill by participating in a cycling class and donating the proceeds to cancer research.