Legendary Television Journalist & PBS News Anchor Gwen Ifill Dies At 61

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(Photo by Don Emmert-Pool/Getty Images)

Say it isn’t so! Gwen Ifill, a beloved and award-winning television journalist for NBC and PBS, former reporter for The New York Times and author who moderated vice-presidential debates in 2004 and 2008, died on Monday in Washington. She was 61.

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Her death, at a hospice facility, was announced by Sara Just, executive producer of “PBS NewsHour.”

Ifill broke gender and racial barriers and became a role model for journalists all around the world. She had been battling endometrial cancer while covering this year’s presidential election.