PBS anchor Gwen Ifill dead at 61

(FoxNews.com) - PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill, known for her longtime reporting on politics and foreign affairs, has died, the network confirmed to Fox News. She was 61.

"It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Gwen Ifill passed away earlier today surrounded by family and friends," said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. "... Our sorrow at her passing is a part of our profound gratitude for all that she did for our system and our nation. It was an honor to know Gwen and to work with her. All of us at PBS express our sincere condolences to Gwen's friends and family."

The New York City native began her career as a newspaper journalist. In 1999 she joined PBS on air as a moderator on “Washington Week in Review.” She was also a co-anchor and managing editor for “PBS NewsHour.”

In 2004, she reached new audiences when she moderated the vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards. Her performance during that debate landed her the job of moderating the 2008 vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

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