Groundbreaking journalist Gwen Ifill was honored as the face of the U.S. Postal Service’s 43rd Black Heritage Forever stamp, which has now been officially issued, NBC News reported over the weekend.
Ifill, who died in 2016 at age 61, started her career when reporters were predominantly white and male, working for a number of prestigious publications before going to PBS, where she became an anchor.
“Gwen Ifill was a remarkable trailblazer who broke through gender and racial barriers,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, who officiated at the dedication ceremony. “Gwen was truly a national treasure, and so richly deserving of today’s honor.”
In 2013, Ifill became co-anchor along with Judy Woodruff at NewsHour, becoming the first all-female daily-news anchor team to lead a national nightly news broadcast, CNN reported.
Other accomplishment during her career included moderating both the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates, as well as a Democratic primary debate in 2016.
“The Ifill family is thrilled that our sister, cousin and aunt has received this signal tribute to her legacy as a truth-teller, pioneer and exemplar,” Gwen’s brother Bert Ifill said. “As a mentor, supportive friend and family member, she was determined, not only to open doors for those of us previously locked out of opportunity, but also to provide floor plans to help us find our way through. She is forever in our hearts, and we are forever in her debt.”
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