Gwen Ifill was an American Peabody Award-winning journalist, television newscaster, and author. In 1999, she became the first African American woman to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program with Washington Week in Review.
She was the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and co-managing editor, with Judy Wood ruff, of PBS News Hour, both of which air on PBS.
Ifill was a political analyst and moderated the 2004 and 2008 American vice-presidential debates. She authored the best-selling book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.