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Washington Week in Review Editor Discusses

Gwen Ifill Joins Hobart and William Smith Colleges President's Forum in Washington, D.C.

GENEVA, NY – Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week in Review,” will discuss “Washington Year in Review” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, at The Ronald Regan Building-The International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The discussion is part of the President's Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by HWS President Mark Gearan as a way to bring a variety of speakers to campus. In this second year of the Forum, some events are scheduled off-campus to make the guests accessible to the greater Hobart and William Smith community.

Gwen Ifill came to the position of moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week in Review” as a familiar figure to viewers of the program. She was a frequent panelist on the show since 1992, and served as guest moderator on occasion. Ifill joined “Washington Week in Review” from NBC News, where she worked since 1994, most recently as chief congressional and political correspondent. At NBC News she covered the premier political stories affecting the nation, including presidential campaigns, key legislative issues in Congress and the impeachment of President Clinton. Her reports appeared on the “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “Today,” and on MSNBC, the all-news cable network. She was a frequent panelist on “Meet the Press.”

A veteran journalist, Ifill joined NBC News after having served as White House correspondent for The New York Times. She has also covered politics and government for The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and the Boston Herald American. A native of New York City, Ifill is a preacher's daughter. She credits her father, a leader in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, with instilling in her an abundant curiosity and thirst for knowledge. From her earliest years she can recall the family in front of the television following the pivotal news stories of the day.

Ifill is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, where she earned a degree in communications. She has been the recipient of five honorary degrees. Ifill chairs the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Awards, and is a board member of the Harvard Institute of Politics. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Ifill lives in Washington, D.C.
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