The Washington Press Club Foundation and the PBS NewsHour have joined forces to create a new journalism fellowship, in honor of the memory of celebrated reporter and editor Gwen Ifill.
Ifill, who passed away in November 2016 at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer, left an indelible mark on the fields of journalism and politics. This new fellowship in her honor is available to promising students in both undergraduate and graduate programs, who demonstrate financial need.
“Gwen Ifill was the best of the best, a remarkable journalist with boundless curiosity, who insisted on the highest standards for herself and her colleagues,” said Sara Just, PBS NewsHour executive producer and WETA SVP. “At a time when the world needs Gwen Ifill more than ever, her passing reminded us just how many seeds she planted through mentorship and friendship with up and coming journalists. We are grateful for the generosity of the Washington Press Club Foundation for the opportunity to honor Gwen’s legacy in this way and guiding young people into practicing journalism with her high standards.”
The Gwen Ifill/PBS NewsHour Journalism Fellowship is set to launch in June 2017. For more information, visit the Washington Press Club Foundation online.