My wife's grandmother said these things happen in threes. Well apparently it's fours. A Gwne Ifil was a fantastic journalist. I watched her on PBS discussing the debates and she looked fine. Gwen Ifill, Host Of 'Washington Week' And 'PBS NewsHour,' Dies Gwen Ifill, one of the most prominent political journalists in the country, has died, according to PBS. She was 61. When she took the helm of Washington Week in Review in 1999, Ifill became the first African-American woman to host a major political TV talk show. Ifill covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. More recently, she moderated a presidential primary debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Ifill was a preacher's daughter. She was born in New York City to a Panamanian immigrant father and a Barbadian mother. She started her journalism career as a print reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun and the Boston Herald American. She went on to become a national political reporter for The Washington Post and the White House correspondent for The New York Times. Ifill died after a battle with cancer.