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Journalist Gwen Ifill dies at 61

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Long-time newscaster and journalist Gwen Ifill has passed away at the age of 61 after battling cancer, according to reports.

Ifill was best known as the moderator of the PBS talk show Washington Week, as well as PBS NewsHour.

"I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away today in hospice care in Washington," WETA president and CEO Sharon percy Rockefeller wrote in an email to staff at the public TV station Monday. "I spent an hour with her this morning and she was resting comfortably, surrounded by loving family and friends... Earlier today, I conveyed to Gwen the devoted love and affection of all of us at WETA/NewsHour. Let us hold Gwen and her family even closer now in our hearts and prayers."