The stamp art will feature a photo of Gwen Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi. Art Director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.
What We Know:
- Ifill was one of the first African Americans to hold a prominent position in both broadcast and print journalism.
- After graduating college in 1977, Ifill worked at The Boston Herald American, The Baltimore Evening Sun, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. In 1994, she took a broadcast job at NBC covering politics in the DC bureau. Five years later, she joined PBS where she was a senior political correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and was also a moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week”. She was also the first African American woman to moderate a major television news analysis show.
- In 2013, Ifill became a co-anchor for PBS NewsHour. She was part of the first all-female team to anchor a national nightly news program.
- Ifill died in 2016. Shortly after her death, in 2017, the Washington Press Club Foundation and the PBS NewsHour created a journalism fellowship named for Ifill. Her alma mater, Simmons University, opened the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities in 2018.
The Gwen Ifill stamp will be issued in panes of 20 and the stamp dedication ceremony will be free and open to the public.