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A Late Journalist Gets One More Honor

Gwen Ifill is now on a forever stamp
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2020 7:24 AM CST
The USPS is honoring the late Gwen Ifill with a stamp as part of its Black Heritage series.   (USPS via AP)

(Newser) – She was a groundbreaking journalist. And now Gwen Ifill is being honored by the US Postal Service with her own Forever stamp, reports the Root. Ifill, who died of cancer in 2016 at age 61, is the 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series. Ifill wrote for outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post, beginning her career in the 1970s when it was rare to see a black woman in a newsroom, notes NPR. In 2013, she became part of the first female co-anchor team on a nightly network newscast with her role on PBS' Newshour.

The stamp, released Thursday, features a 2008 photo of Ifill taken by Robert Severi. "She looks relaxed, her smile reassuring and her gaze direct and friendly," writes Vanessa Romo at NPR. "Essentially, the same image she projected into living rooms for decades as the host of some of television's most respected news programs." Other women in the Black Heritage series include investigative journalist and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells and women's right activist and abolitionist Sojourner Truth. (Read more Gwen Ifill stories.)

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