Gwen Ifill, 2014 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics, gave a public lecture at the Pittsburgh Women & Politics conference recently.
The purpose of the Chair is to bring nationally renowned political leaders, scholars, and activists to Chatham University and the Pittsburgh community to enrich the experiences of students and educate citizens about the role of women in the political process.
Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS “NewsHour.” She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice Presidential debates during the 2008 and 2004 elections.
Ifill joined both Washington Week and “NewsHour” in 1999, interviewing newsmakers and reporting on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. In 2009, Washington Week, with Ifill, was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. In 2010, Ifill received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.
Before coming to PBS, she spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent. Ifill joined NBC News from The New York Times where she covered the White House and politics. She also covered national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun and Boston Herald American. She is the author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama” (Doubleday, 2009).
She has received more than 20 honorary doctorates and is the recipient of several broadcasting excellence awards, including honors from Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center, the National Press Foundation, the Radio Television News Directors Association, American Women in Radio and Television and the Matrix Award.
The Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics was established by the The Hillman Foundation Inc. in 1997 in order to honor the Pittsburgh native and longtime political leader. The Chair serves as an inspiration and role model for the university community and citizens of Pennsylvania.
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