By Sandra Rose  | 

Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill, the co-host of PBS' 'NewsHour With Judy Woodruff', died Monday after battling breast cancer. She was 61.

Ifill, who was senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, took an unexplained leave of absence from the nightly news show in April.

Her unexplained absence led to viewer speculation that she had taken a leave of absence to get married.

Ifill, who never married and had no children, went on leave again last week, causing her to miss the presidential election coverage.

Ifill never revealed her illness publicly.

Respected as a news journalist with honesty and integrity, she moderated 2 vice presidential debates.

PBS NewsHour executive producer Sara Just called Ifill "a standard bearer for courage, fairness and integrity in an industry going through seismic change."

Her colleagues remembered her on social media.

"Heartbroken to learn Gwen Ifill has passed away. She was my hero, a woman who deserved all the praise she received. Honest and true," tweeted 'Today Show' co-anchor Tamron Hall.

  • missmiami305

    Whewwwwww thanks for this post Auntie?

  • hi-liter

    Cancer sucks azz.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil


  • KLow

    so sad

  • Buttercup


  • Mystery User

    Auntie, was she your 'family'?

    She was an honorary Delta and a P.K.

  • That’s Interesting

    RIH Ms. Ifill????

  • Salliemae’s Boosh

    R.I.P. I thought she was a great moderator during those debates.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace


    RIP GWEN, Journalism at it's best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KIm

    Wow sad. She just moderated the Dem. debate a few months ago...may she RIP

  • harley_quinn2.0

    So sad to hear about her passing. Loved her. #realjournalist

  • SaltineCrackers

    Oh no! I only watched that PBS News hour show because of her. An excellent interviewer and moderator. Rest in peace Ms. Ifill. Smh, they don't make 'em like you anymore. : (

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Whatt? are you sure, I must have missed it.

  • Quitedeliteful

    So very sad. Graceful and Qualified. One of the best in the business.

  • KIm

    Yeah...I believe she moderated the democratic debate between Clinton and Bernie Sanders in February it's crazy

  • Incog-knee-gress

    God bless you in your eternal rest.

  • Yardgirl


  • Howard Alum ?

    Real talk, for the past week I could not understand why that Indian guy was in her spot. No disrespect. He's done it before, but after not saying he's, "sitting in" for Gwen, I knew something was up.

  • Roderick2011

    SMR: Her unexplained absence led to viewer speculation that she had taken a leave of absence to get married.

    When are you getting married Sandra?

    That's really low throwing shade at a corpse but I am not surprised.

  • Zizzle

    RIP, Gwen.


    So saddened to hear Ms. Ifill has passed away. I admired her immensely as a young j-school student, and had the pleasure of seeing her speak to a group of students at a conference. She made it a point afterward to connect with every single woman of color in the audience one on one (there were only a handful of us). RIP. She was truly a class act.

  • SummerBaby

    RIP! ??

  • hottlanta

    I was saddened when I saw this. I have been a follower of hers for years. When I see AM JOY she reminds me so much of Gwen. She will be missed. A class act.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I saw it but I.was.hushing!!!! ???

  • Sucker Free

    Rest in paradise Ms. Ifill

    Auntie not drinking the marriage koolaid hun...

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Yeah, I did miss that one. I was sick.....

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    But she is drinking some kind of koolaid.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    She was a staple for the young J-students annually at NABJ national conferences. A real resource! This is a huge loss for the field. I'm so sad.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch


  • Scromes1212

    This was such a beautiful woman inside and out. I always loved her spirit and learned so much watching her. She will be missed. God bless her and her family.

  • Blue

    I watched this woman faithfully. One of my favorite journalists.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

  • Sucker Free

    The beat a dead horse trump won koolaid ???

  • Ni Ni

    I though that was her i saw on tv last wk...could've been a re-run but I noticed she had lost a lot of weight and was wondering whether that was really her. I was always glad to see her. She represented women who you dont see much of on the air anymore...RIH.

  • JerseyMom


  • JerseyMom

    She was a legendary journalist and one class act. She will be missed. #RIP

  • Tynamight

    RIP. Man!

  • Tynamight

    RIP. Man!

  • Salliemae’s Boosh

    i love AM JOY! She be on it. fellow reider here!

  • Dee AKA

    Other outlets are reporting that she died of Endometrial Cancer

  • Crazy tee

    I've never seen so many people die or get sick from cancer then I have in the last ten can strike anyone at any moment regardless of family history and that's what people fail to realize...RIP

  • H-Town Girl

    She was my favorite journalist. Heaven truly gained an Angel

  • realtalkallday

    Wish all journalist/bloggers had her integrity!! RIH

  • realtalkallday

    If that corpse is black! Shade is being thown! Now the father that left his son in the car to sext teenage girls. Sandra stated that on that day in question he merely missed his turn and jurors didn't buy it! If he was black she would have posted his entire arrest record!! We don't need racist as long as Sandra is around!!

  • Chicagowise

    OMG! 2016 has been brutal year! I had to read the headline THREE times before my brain could process her death! Heartbroken!

  • Chicagowise

    Wait! That means her new hairdo was a wig!

  • minkyfinky

    R.I,P. Gwen Ifill she was and still is one of my favorites. All cancer is bad, but I must correct you, she died from endometrial cancer not breast cancer.

  • minkyfinky

    Because she did. Sandra got it wrong.

  • Li

    PBS just devoted a whole hour to her. Wonderful woman. Surprised she's dead, seems I was just watching her on TV a few weeks ago.

  • Lovelove

    Rest In Peace

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Condolences. Cancer is no joke.

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    Damn. Breast cancer kills Black women 3x's as much as White women and Black women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with Breast cancer than White women... We gotta take care of ourselves and get YEARLY mammograms starting before age 35.

  • Cheryl Wideman

    Other sources say endometrial cancer, diagnosed a year ago. Do we know which?

  • SandraRose

    Credible news media say breast cancer.

  • Cheryl Wideman

    Thank you. Gwen was in our home for years and years with Washington Week and News Hour. We are devastated. Rise up shining star to glory!

  • I Kantye

    A true black woman! No wigs, weaves, extensions or skin bleaching and obviously very smart, RIP?

  • nellboogie

    RIH, May your spirit be at rest... #f-ucancer :(

  • Julie Sutherland

    Truely a Trailblazer. She was private with her personal business. Cancer is all that should have been giving. Not the Female info on ABC's "American This Morning'' 4:15 AM Airing. That was Classless, and Tacky!!! SHAME ON YOU!!! SHAME!!!

  • Junkanoo

    Am ashamed to say I was kind of annoyed with Gwen an Washington Week's bias in favor of Hillary even though am not a fan of Trumps. I enjoyed watching her on Washington Week ,rest easy Gwen

  • Roderick2011

    It is now 7:56 am EST and I am already out of my allocated Be Nice To White People phucks.

    Call back tomorrow to see if I have any new ones.

  • Moon Lee

    Gwen, presence will be greatly missed. R.I.P.

  • kekeb


  • lovelygamour

    Graceful and qualified. Beautifully summed up.

  • Brook York

    This has been a rough year period, cancer is really something else.

  • New Englander

    It has been reported that she had endometrial cancer.

  • Kim

    She had uterine( endometrial) cancer.I encourage every woman to get regular pap smears.Pap smear test primarily screen for cervical cancer but the test can also reveal early signs of endometrial cancer.

  • MScommunication

    Wow RIP Ms Ifill. She was a class act! I'm an avid PBS watcher.

  • MScommunication

    Yes beautiful sentiment to who she was.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    As a fellow Gwen it was a pleasure watching her on PBS after seeing Barney and Teletubbies all day. May she rest in peace and I loathe cancer.