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Vice presidential debate moderator Gwen Ifill of PBS waves during the vice presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Gwen Ifill has died at the age of 61


Long-time journalist Gwen Ifill has died at the age of 61, PBS  confirmed to The Daily Beast Monday

Ifill served as the anchor of PBS's "Washington Week" and co-hosted PBS Newshour. 

In addition, she wrote for some of the nation's top newspapers such as The Washington Post and New York Times before she began focusing on broadcast journalism. 

"I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away today in hospice care in Washington," WETA president and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller wrote to PBS staff Monday, according to Politico

Ifill had been missing from this year's election coverage due to ongoing health issues. 

In 2004 and 2008 Ifill moderated the vice-presidential debates and last year, she moderated a primary debate between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. 

Politico reports she took a leave of absence from the public TV station earlier this year. 

Ifill was born in New York and graduated from Simmons College in 1977 before launching her career in journalism.

She was set to receive the 2016 John Chancellor Award from Columbia University this week, according to Politico. 


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