Meet Gwen Ifill, a long time PBS journalist, moderator and managing editor who will be moderating the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday evening. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.

Gwen Ifill is a moderator and managing editor for PBS‘Washington Week’ and is a senior correspondent or “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” She is also a supporter of the Presidential hopeful of Barack Obama. In fact, she has written gushing articles of his for magazines from the perspective of a campaign insider. She has also written a book entitled: The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, scheduled to hit the bookstores on January 20, 2009, inauguration day. To say she has a personal and financial interest in the outcome of the presidential race is an understatement.

In spite of all that, she’s been selected to be the moderator of the Vice Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin on Thursday night. She’s been given a great deal of leeway in the format of the debate, the questions she can ask and how she conducts the overall atmosphere of evening. The debate will be held at Washington University in St. Louis on October 2nd.

Her peers say that her personal feelings towards Obama will not influence her fairness and conduct in the execution of the vice presidential debate.

Gwen Ifill Biography

Gwen Ifill was born on September 29, 1955 in New York City. She is 53-years-old. Her parents are Urcille Ifill, Sr. and Eleanor Ifill. Her father was an African Methodist Episcopal minister. Both of her parents emigrated from the Caribbean. Her father from Panama and her mother from Barbados. Gwen was their fifth child. The family moved frequently throughout New England because of her father’s work.

Ifill graduated from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1977. She has received 15 honorary degrees. She serves on several boards including Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. She has also received a number of awards for excellence in journalism.

Ifill’s first job out of school was as a reporter for the Boston Herald-American. She then went to the Baltimore Evening Sun, where she started her focus on politics and her on air career, hosting a news show. She has worked at the Washington Post and The New York Times. In 1994, she became a congressional correspondent for the NBC News and started appearing as a guest on shows like Meet the Press and Washington Week.

In 1999, Gwen started working for PBS. She has been with the News Hour with Jim Lehrer and the Washington Weekly since that time.

Ifill moderated the first vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards.

Gwen Ifill – Video
Ifill Covers GOP Palin Speech

Gwen Ifill – Video
Ifill on Meet the Press slamming Imus
for comments towards her that
Imus denies ever happened.