Gwen Ifill – Beloved Figure


I knew her slightly.

I had the privilege of sitting across the table at the Newshour  from her quite a lot in the year or so that I was employed by them before being "hurled into the public" as Ron White described being thrown out of a NYC bar. 

Ifill was lovely.  One night, off camera, I absent mindedly admired the dragonfly brooch she wore.

"Santa Claus" she said.

"Santa Claus has good taste," I replied.

She contemplated me.

"Either way.  Your servant, ma'am,"  I said before the red light came on.

A great lady.  pl

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14 Responses to Gwen Ifill – Beloved Figure

  1. kao_hsien_chih says:

    I’ve always liked Ifill and was wondering why she was absent from the elections coverage. I guess I know why. Never realized she was so gravely ill.
    Rest in Peace.

  2. Keith Harbaugh says:

    “the forces that placed Judy Woodruff there”
    Feel like expanding a bit on what those might be 🙂 ?

  3. turcopolier says:

    keith harbaugh
    No. you get the idea. pl

  4. DickT says:

    Gwen with her red backdrop was my favorite news show. I’m going to miss her.

  5. The Beaver says:

    I was wondering also where she was last Tuesday. Looks like she has been sick for quite a while but did manage to put a good face when she was on the set.

  6. SAC Brat says:

    I liked a few years ago when Ms. Ifill moderated a presidential debate, I believe Gore versus Bush. At the end of the debate I thought Ms. Ifill was who should have been elected. She definitely was as thoughtful as she could be in a broadcast format.
    Your appearance across from her led me here, trying to figure out what you were thinking and seeing.

  7. john says:

    Gwen Ifill was special, and she stood out from her peers. I trusted her in her reporting, something that was always in depth and more honest than most.

  8. Swamp Yankee says:

    I was very saddened to see this news. I always appreciated Ifill’s dignity and professionalism. Glad to hear she was as decent in person as she seemed on television and the radio. Requiescat in Pace.

  9. MRW says:

    This recounting of yours hit me. You are a thoughtful classy guy.

  10. fasteddiez says:

    The wife and I were pretty stunned and saddened by the news. Tonight’s PBS news was a tribute to her. A great lady and a great reporter she was.

  11. LeaNder says:

    Wonderful vignette, Pat. Thanks.
    May she rest in peace.

  12. Edward Amame says:

    Her passing was a sad surprise. The tribute on the show last night was very good, reflecting just how good at her job she was.

  13. Nancy K says:

    She was the best. She will be missed.

  14. Laura says:

    We news junkies have lost a great friend. Classy lady and top-flight journalist.

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