Keynote address by Gwen Ifill will be: Politics, Policy, and Reality from Washington to Vermont and Beyond.
The George D. Aiken lecture will be on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in UVM Ira Allen Chapel. (Parking is available in the Gutterson Garage after 3:30 p.m.) There will be a book signing immediately following the lecture.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS NewsHour where she interviews newsmakers and reports on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. She is the author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice-Presidential debate during the 2008 election.
In 2008, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. Before coming to PBS in 1999, Ifill spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent. She still appears as an occasional roundtable panelist on Meet the Press.
Ifill joined NBC News from The New York Times where she covered the White House and politics. She also covered national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun and Boston Herald American. She has received more than a dozen honorary doctorates and is the recipient of several broadcasting excellence awards, including honors from the National Press Foundation, Ebony magazine, the Radio Television News Directors Association and American Women in Radio and Television. A native of New York City and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill serves on the board of the Harvard University Institute of Politics and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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