University of Vermont

University Communications

Gwen Ifill to Deliver Sept. 30 Aiken Lecture

Release Date: 09-22-2010

Author: Jon C. Reidel
Phone: 802/656-8206 Fax: (802) 656-3203

Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS NewsHour and moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, will be the keynote speaker of the 2010 George D. Aiken Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. at Ira Allen Chapel. Her talk is titled "Politics, Policy, and Reality from Washington to Vermont and Beyond."

Iffil, who was awarded the prestigious 2008 George Foster Peabody Award for her work on Washington Week, is author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama" and will be available to sign the book following her lecture.

In addition to moderating debates for national elections including the 2008 vice presidential debate, Ifill has a long history of covering news ranging from foreign affairs to politics for a number of major publications. Prior to coming to PBS in 1999, Ifill spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent after working for The New York Times where she covered the White House and politics. Ifill, who still appears as an occasional roundtable panelist on Meet the Press, also covered national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun and Boston Herald American.

Iffil 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.

Read more about the George D. Aiken Lecture.