She becomes the first African American recipient of the journalism award
Gwen Ifill, the PBS Newshour anchor and managing editor off Washington Week, received the 2016 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism.
The award honors the legacy of pioneering television correspondent and longtime NBC News anchor John Chancellor. It is given by the Columbia Journalism School in New York.
Ifill, who is in the midst of covering her eighth presidential election, is the first African American to receive the award in its 21-year history.
“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, who sat on the nine-member committee that selected Ifill for the award, which comes with a $50,000 honorarium.
The award will be presented at a dinner and ceremony at Columbia University’s Low Library in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.