The journalism world is reacting to the news of Gwen Ifill's death.
Ifill, who won multiple awards as a broadcast journalist for PBS and NBC, died Monday at a Washington hospice facility after months of cancer treatments. She was 61.
In addition to being the moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and co-managing editor with Judy Woodruff of PBS’s "NewsHour," Ifill was also the author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama." The book was released on Inauguration Day in 2009 and was a New York Times bestseller.
Ifill's career began in print journalism in 1981 at The Baltimore Evening Sun. She would go on to report for both The Washington Post and the Washington Times, covering beats that included Congress and several presidential campaigns.
At a Monday press conference, President Obama called Ifill an "especially powerful role model" who "did her country a great service." He expressed condolences to her family and her colleagues gathered in the White House briefing room.
Journalists far and wide mourned Ifill on social media.
Very sad to learn we have lost Gwen Ifill. Gwen represented the best of broadcast journalism. Our hearts are broken.— Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill was a role model to me and to every woman, especially black women who took up the calling of journalism. Honored to have met her. pic.twitter.com/agHfA1aIQV— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 14, 2016
The reason we are all crying is because Gwen Ifill was our friend, who blessed us with her example, integrity, nurturing & humanity— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill was my good friend. I will miss her. May she Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/sB7zUIj93d— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill, RIP. In a league of her own. A wonderful woman and mentor. An incisive and compelling reporter. pic.twitter.com/yZHw6cDcGr— Robert Costa (@costareports) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill: a pro's pro and a vibrant spirit. A deep loss...— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) November 14, 2016
R.I.P @gwenifill -a true pro & a wonderful woman. Always kind to me & an inspiration-She'll be missed. PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, has died at 61— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) November 14, 2016
Howlingly sad. Dear sweet Gwen is gone. RIP @gwenifill— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) November 14, 2016
Heartbroken to learn Gwen Ifill has passed away. She was my hero, a woman who deserved all the praise she received. Honest and true— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) November 14, 2016
Throughout her decorated career, Ifill covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice-presidential debates, including the highest-rated in television history between Joe BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE and Sarah Palin.
PBS CEO Paula Kerger announced Ifill's death on Monday.
"It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Gwen Ifill passed away earlier today surrounded by family and friends," wrote Kerger in a statement.
"Gwen was one of America’s leading lights in journalism and a fundamental reason public media is considered a trusted window on the world by audiences across the nation."
Ifill's received more than 20 honorary doctorates and served on the boards of the News Literacy Project and the Committee to Protect Journalists, according to PBS.