Gwen Ifill Granted 2016 Chancellor Award

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism announced Wednesday that Gwen Ifill is the recipient of the 2016 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism.

The political journalist, broadcast news anchor, author and managing editor of PBS NewsHour and Washington Week with Gwen Ifill is one of the country’s most trusted political reporters.

Ifill is currently in the midst of covering her eighth presidential election. She has moderated two vice presidential debates over the course of her career, and is known for posing difficult questions with respect and integrity.

“Gwen Ifill’s career embodies the best of our profession and the spirit of the John Chancellor Award: her unflinching pursuit of the truth, healthy skepticism of those in power and her commitment to fairness,” said Dean Steve Coll, a member of the Chancellor jury in a press release.

PBS named Ifill, along with Judy Woodruff, co-anchors of PBS NewsHour in 2013 — making them the first women co-anchors of a network news broadcast.

“Gwen is among our nation’s most accomplished, distinguished journalists, and her insightful reporting and news analysis are an extraordinary service to the American public,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital.  “On behalf of Gwen’s colleagues at WETA — home of PBS NewsHour and Washington Week — I congratulate her on receiving this tremendous award.”

Among Ifill’s long list of achievements is her best-selling book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” Before joining PBS NewsHour and Washington Week in 1999, Ifill served as chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, White House correspondent for The New York Times, and a a local and national political reporter for The Washington Post. 

She has received more than 25 honorary doctorates and currently serves on the boards of the News Literacy Project and the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is also a fellow with the American Academy of Sciences.

Born in New York City, Ifill graduated from Simmons College in Boston.

The John Chancellor Award was established in 1995 by Ira A. Lipman, founder of Guardsmark, LLC, one of the world’s largest security service firms. The jury is chaired by Lynn Sherr, and in addition to Lipman includes Dean Steve Coll, Dean Emeritus Nicholas Lemann, Hank Klibanoff, Michele Norris, Bill Wheatley and Mark Whitaker, as well as John Chancellor’s daughter Mary Chancellor.