Gwen Ifill shows how a new generation of African Americans is reshaping the political landscape.
Journalist and 2008 vice presidential debate moderator Ifill offers profiles of the emerging generation of African-American politicians who are changing our political landscape.
These leaders who are forging bold new paths include incoming President Barack Obama, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and U.S. Representative Arthur Davis- The Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of PBS’s “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour.” She is also the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Ifill reports on a wide range of issues from foreign affairs to US politics and policies, interviewing national and international newsmakers. She has covered six presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates. Before coming to PBS in 1999, Ifill was chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, White House correspondent for The New York Times, and a local and national political reporter for The Washington Post. Ifill has received more than 20 honorary doctorates and currently serves on the boards of the News Literacy Project, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and she is a fellow with the American Academy of Sciences.
Reflecting on the recent inauguration of President Barack Obama, journalist Gwen Ifill argues his ascent to the highest office in the land presents a timely opportunity to reconsider race in a positive light.
"We have to find a way in this country to speak comfortably about race," says Ifill.