Gwen Ifill named commencement speaker at St. Norbert College

Sunday, May 16, 2010

From St. Norbert College, December 17, 2009
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College has announced that Gwen Ifill, acclaimed journalist, author and moderator of PBS' "Washington Week in Review,"

will be the Commencement speaker on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. in Schuldes Sports Center on the De Pere campus. Ifill will also receive an honorary degree from the college.

The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," (Doubleday, 2009), Ifill also moderated the Vice Presidential debates during the Presidential elections in 2004 and 2008.

She has covered six presidential campaigns, and during the 2008 campaign season, brought "Washington Week" to live audiences around the country as part of a 10-city tour.

Now in its 40th year, "Washington Week" is the longest-running prime-time news and public affairs program on television. Each week, Ifill brings together journalists in Washington to discuss the major stories of the week with reporters who cover the news that emanates from the nation's capital and affects the nation and the world.

A native of New York City and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill has received more than a dozen honorary doctorates. She has also been honored for her work by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center, Ebony Magazine and Boston's Ford Hall Forum.

She also serves on the boards of the Harvard University Institute of Politics and the Committee to Protect Journalists.