Gwen Ifill Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 13.Nov.2017
Facts of Gwen Ifill
Date of Birth: 1955 , September-29
Age:62 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
NameGwen Ifill
FatherEleanor Ifill
MotherO.Urcille Ifill, Sr.
Birth Place/CityQueens, New York City
EthnicityBlack Ethnicity
Net Worth5 million US Dollars
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
Married toN/A
EducationSimmons College
AwardsNot Yet
Online PresenceFacebook, Twitter, Instagram
TV ShowPBS NewsHour, Washington Week
SiblingsRoberto Ifill, Maria Phillip Ifill, Oliver Ifill, Jr., Earle Ifilll
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The American journalist Gwendolyn L. Ifill, popularly known as Gwen Ifill was a moderator and managing editor of Washington Week. She worked actively for the 'Washinton Week' until her death. She died on 14 November 2016. 

She also worked as a co-anchor and co-managing editor of the PBS News Hour which airs on PBS. She was a newscaster as well as an author. She was a political analyst and has moderated on the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates. 

Early Life and Education

She was born on 1955 September 29 at New York City, New York as the fifth child of the African Methodist Episcopal minister Oliver Urcille Ifill Sr. and Eleanor Ifill, Gwen’s family had emigrated from Panama to States. She had an American nationality belonging to the black ancestry.

Her father’s ministry made her family live in several cities throughout her youth. She lived in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts church parsonages and subsidized housing in Buffalo and New York City. She must have completed her high school from some schools over there.

In 1977, Gwen graduated in Bachelors of Arts in communications from Simmons College located in Boston. As she always wanted to express her feelings in public, she wanted to have her career in journalism. Following her target and dream, she continued on her journey to find the career in this field.


While at the college, Gwen had interned for the Boston Herald-American. After her graduation, she was hired there but she had to be embarrassed as one of her co-worker had handed her a note writing words of humiliation as she is a Black America “Nigger go home.”

Following the incident, she left the job and began to work for Baltimore Evening Sun from the year 1981-1984, then at The Washington Post from 1984-1991, The New York Times from 1991-1994 and later joining the NBC Network.

In October 1999, she served the PBS program Washington Week in Review as its moderator and also been the senior correspondent for PBS Newshour. She also appeared in several of the shows like Meet the Press.

She also served on the board of the Museum of Television and Radio, Harvard Institute of Politics,  the committee to Protect Journalists and University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Since 2013, she worked as the co-anchor and co-managing editor for the NewsHour.

She has been one of the legends in the journalism with her background and struggles to keep at this stage. She spent more than 2 decades in this field experiencing and learning things and alongside being the inspiration to the newcomers.

As an author, she wrote a book titled “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” The book was published in the year 2009 January 20 which deals with the several African American politicians including Barack Obama, Massachusetts' Governor Deval Patrick and Newark New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker. Concerning the vice presidential debates, she won a lot of recognition and praises for her performance and made her popular in the journalism arena.

Personal Life

Talking about her personal life, she never married so talking about her husband, divorce or children here will be unsuitable. Also regarding her relationships and affairs, boyfriends, there is no such rumors or news disclosed.

Gwen spoke about getting married and had even told that she would get married when the time comes but never got time. She was always busy in her profession.

 Net worth, Height, and Facts

Gwen was five feet and six inches tall. She had a pleasing personality and the command in her speech and writings.  She was one of the admired and reputed journalists. She had the net worth of $5 million and enjoyed a very handsome salary pay. 

Gwen had a certain determination as she is a very ambitious person.  She is an asset to where she works. Gwen is still working with such enthusiasm and energy like in the youth even when she is about to the age of being retired.

A lot of information on her can be extracted from her biography available in different internet sites as well as articles written on her. She can also be followed on Twitter.


Gwen Ifill died at the age of 61 on November 14, 2016, in The Washington D.C. The reason for her death is believed to be endometrial cancer.