Trailblazing journalist Gwen Ifill, who was the first African-American woman to host a national political TV talk show with her 1999 host-debut on PBS’ Washington Week, will be honored with a new U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp.
Ifill, who died in November 2016 after battling cancer, will be the face of the 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series, according to a press release from USPS. The stamp, designed by art director Derry Noyes, features a photo of her taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi.
Ifill was a veteran Washington journalist who covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. Ifill was best known as being the moderator and managing editor of PBS talk show Washington Week, as well as the co-anchor of PBS NewsHour. Ifill was also the best-selling author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” which was released in 2009.