Last Tuesday, the U.S. Postal Service revealed several of the new Forever stamps and others to be issued in 2020. Among the notable figures being celebrated is acclaimed journalist, television newscaster, and author Gwen Ifill.
As announced by the USPS, “The 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill (1955–2016), one of America’s most esteemed journalists. The stamp features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi. Among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism, Ifill was a trailblazer in the profession. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.”
From 1999 until her death in 2016, Ifill served as moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week”, the longest-running prime-time news and public affairs program on television, and co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour”. She died November 14, 2016, at the age of 61, after battling endometrial cancer.
According to her bio, prior to joining PBS, America’s largest public media enterprise, “Gwen was chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, White House correspondent for The New York Times, and a local and national political reporter for The Washington Post. She also reported for the Baltimore Evening Sun and the Boston Herald American. Gwen was also the best-selling author of ‘The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama‘ (Doubleday, 2009).
“Gwen received more than 20 honorary doctorates and served on the boards of the News Literacy Project, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and she was a fellow with the American Academy of Sciences. In 2015 she was awarded with the National Press Club’s highest honor, the Fourth Estate Award. She was posthumously awarded the John Chancellor Award from the Columbia University School of Journalism and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence from Arizona State University, which she shared with her NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff. She was also honored for her work as a journalist by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center, The National Association of Black Journalists, Ohio University, Boston’s Ford Hall Forum, and she was included in Ebony Magazine’s list of 150 Most Influential African Americans, among many other honors. A native of New York City, Gwen graduated from Simmons College in Boston.”