St. Norbert College Commencement speaker Gwen Ifill available for media interviews

From St. Norbert College, May 11, 2010
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College commencement speaker Gwen Ifill, acclaimed journalist, author and moderator of PBS' "Washington Week in Review," will be available to the media on Sunday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Bemis Center. (Room 114AB).

Gwen Ifill's bio:
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 elections in 2004 and 2008. The college will present four honorary doctoral degrees at this year's Commencement.Gwen Ifill, the speaker, will be awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree for her life's work in print and broadcast journalism and political commentary. She stands as one of the most influential women in the United States and one of the most respected commentators of our time. Ifill has covered six presidential campaigns, and during the 2008 campaign season, brought "Washington Week in Review" to live audiences around the country as part of a 10-city tour.

A native of New York City and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill has received more than a dozen honorary degrees. 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 serves on the boards of the Harvard University Institute of Politics and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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If you have any questions, contact Mike Counter at mike.counter@snc.edu or (920) 403-3089.