Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University
Celebrated American journalist, television newscaster and author Gwen Ifill is presenting a free public talk at Chatham University’s Campbell Memorial Chapel. Presenting Politics, Policy and Reality: What’s Really Going on in Washington, Ifill is appearing for the school’s 2014 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics Lecture. Among the country’s most respected journalists, Ifill brings her veteran experience and signature wit to address political headlines, as well as the inner workings of the Obama Administration and Capitol Hill. Her talk will focus on her many years of covering some of Washington’s most challenging beats, examining American politics, foreign policy and trends in business, family and government.
Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS Newshour, where she interviews global newsmakers and reports on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. During the 2008 and 2004 elections, Ifill skillfully moderated the Vice Presidential debates. In 2009, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, and in 2010, she received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award. Before joining PBS, Ifill spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent. The recipient of 20 honorary doctorates and numerous broadcasting excellence awards, Ifill is also the author of the book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Born in 1955 in New York City, Ifill received her B.A. in Communications from Simmons College in 1977. Introductory remarks will be presented by Chatham president Esther Barazzone and Deborah L. Acklin, president and CEO of WQED Multimedia.