Postal Service to honor journalist
The 43rd stamp in the US Postal Service’s Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill, one of the nation’s most esteemed journalists, who died in 2016. Courtesy USPS US Postal Service issuing Gwen Ifill Black Heritage Forever
The 43rd stamp in the US Postal Service’s Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill, one of the nation’s most esteemed journalists, who died in 2016. Courtesy USPS
US Postal Service issuing Gwen Ifill Black Heritage Forever Stamp Jan. 30
WASHINGTON, DC (MNS) – The US Postal Service will honor Gwen Ifill, one of the nation’s most esteemed journalists, with its 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series. A dedication ceremony to unveil the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #GwenIfillForeverand #Black HeritageStamps.
Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General, U.S. Postal Service, will preside over the dedication, Jan. 30, 2020, at 11 a.m. EST at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1518 M Street NW, Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.
The stamp art features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp. It will be sold in panes of 20.
Ifill held prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism.
After graduating from college in 1977, Ifill worked at The Boston Herald American, The Baltimore Evening Sun, The Washington Post and The New York Times. In 1994, she took a broadcast job at NBC, where she covered politics in the DC bureau. Five years later, she joined PBS, where she became the senior political correspondent for “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” and moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” – the first woman and first African American to moderate a major television news-analysis show.
In 2013, she became co-anchor of the “PBS NewsHour,” part of the first all-female national nightly news program. Ifill died in 2016.
Among Ifill’s honors were the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award (2006), Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center’s Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism (2009) and induction into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame (2012). In 2015, she was awarded the Fourth Estate Award by the National Press Club. She received numerous honorary degrees and served on the boards of the News Literacy Project and the Committee to Protect Journalists, which renamed its Press Freedom Award in her honor.
The 2016 John Chancellor Award was posthumously awarded to Ifill by the Columbia Journalism School. In 2017, the Washington Press Club Foundation and the “PBS NewsHour” created a journalism fellowship named for Ifill. Her alma mater, Simmons University, opened the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities in 2018.