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Simmons College Names Media and Arts Program After Gwen Ifill

Simmons College has announced that it will name one of its colleges after Gwen Ifill, PBS reports.

Ifill was a renowned journalist and host of the PBS NewsHour and Washington Week. 

She died in November of last year.

Ifill was a graduate of Simmons College. The institution’s president, Helen Drinan, told the NewsHour that Ifill’s passing was a “terrible event.” She also referred to the journalist as a “true friend.”

“The kind of unimpeded curiosity Gwen brought to her work, coupled with her warmth, integrity and commitment to truth-telling, is something all of our students aspire to – no matter what field of study they pursue,” Drinan also said in a statement.

The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts and Humanities will feature several of her personal effects and papers. Roughly 800 students are expected to enroll in the new college.

After graduating from Simmons, Ifill moved to Boston to start her career in journalism. She soon joined The Boston Herald-American newspaper. Later, worked for The Baltimore Evening Sun, The Washington Post and The New York Times, moves that allowed her to hone her skills in political reporting.

In the mid-1990s, Ifill launched her television career at NBC News. In 1999, she became host of Washington Week and a senior correspondent of The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.

“I always appreciated Gwen’s reporting, even when I was at the receiving end of one of her tough and thorough interviews,” former President Barack Obama said.

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