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Above: WASHINGTON WEEK features Washington's top journalists analyzing the week's top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans. Gwen Ifill (pictured) hosts.


It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must share that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 following several months of cancer treatment. She was surrounded by loving family and many friends whom we ask that you keep in your thoughts and prayers. WETA has a memorial page devoted to Gwen.

Statement from Gwen Ifill's family:

"We truly appreciate the public expressions of sympathy from those who knew and respected her. At this time, we respectfully request the ability to grieve and remember Gwen privately. However, more information will be made available in the coming days on a public remembrance of the woman so many admired..."

Gwen's family has asked that donations in her memory be made to The Gwen Ifill Fund for Journalism Excellence.

To make a gift in memory of Gwen, you may contact WETA at 703-998-1834. Visit Send a gift to WETA, In Memoriam, 3939 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Virginia 22206


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Meet The Panelists

Get to know the panelists who join Gwen around the table each week.

WASHINGTON WEEK, PBS' longest-running public affairs series, features Washington's top journalists analyzing the week's top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans. Gwen Ifill hosts.

Topics for Nov. 18 (repeat Sunday Nov. 20):

This week we lost our friend and leader Gwen Ifill. Many faithful viewers lost the trusted voice of a trailblazing journalist they invited into their homes each Friday on WASHINGTON WEEK and every night on the PBS NEWSHOUR.

Tonight on WASHINGTON WEEK we will honor and celebrate Gwen's remarkable life and legacy with the friends and colleagues who knew her best:

  • Michele Norris, formerly with NPR
  • Dan Balz, The Washington Post
  • Martha Raddatz, ABC News
  • Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
  • Pete Williams, NBC News
  • Susan Davis, NPR
  • Rick Berke, STAT News
  • Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

Next Friday we'll return to covering the big stories of the week including the final weeks of President Obama's term, the transition to the Trump administration, and leadership fights in Congress. That's the way Gwen would want it.

On our website, you can see a slideshow of photos from Gwen's life and career and read Gwen's Take on journalism, race and even Queen Latifah.

And don’t forget you can follow WASHINGTON WEEK on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter to keep up with daily developments. Past episodes of WASHINGTON WEEK are available for online viewing.

Trump begins transition to the White House

President-elect Donald Trump traveled to Washington to meet with President Obama and Republican leaders in Congress just days after he was elected as the 45th president. Trump and Obama exchanged harsh words on the campaign trail but have pledged to have a smooth transition. For the first time in a decade, Republicans will control the White House, Senate and House.


The Final Days of Election 2016

With less than a week until Election Day, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are making their final pitch to voters in battleground states, trying to increase voter turnout and reach 270 electoral votes. But in the week since the FBI announced its review of new Clinton State Department emails, polls are tightening.


FBI reviews newly found Clinton emails

Hillary Clinton's email problem came back to forefront Friday as FBI Director James Comey told Congress it was reviewing new emails related to her use of a private email server. Clinton called for the FBI to release the "full and complete facts" because the election is just 11 days away and voters in many states have already cast their ballots.


Trump won't accept election results if he loses

With less than 3 weeks left until Election Day, the bitter contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump escalated again into sharp attacks during the final presidential debate of 2016. The Republican nominee said he may not accept the results of November's election. Clinton is leading in battleground state polls and is expanding her campaign into traditionally GOP states.

Trump denies allegations of sexual assault

With just three weeks before the election, this has been a week of controversy on the campaign trail. Several women have accused Republican nominee Donald Trump of unwanted sexual contact, a charge the former reality TV star has denied forcefully. Trump is lashing out at his accusers, Hillary Clinton, the media and his own party.


Trump's comments about women caught on tape

With one month left in the 2016 election, a 10-year-old tape of a "hot mic" conversation with Donald Trump was released showing lewd comments about women. "I apologize if anyone was offended," Trump said Friday after the tape of him discussing groping and adultery was released. How will Republican Party leaders and candidates running for Congressional seats react to the latest Trump controversy?

Campaigns build on debate momentum & Congress overrides veto

In the days after Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's first debate, Trump faces continued questions about his treatment of women, including a former Miss Universe who says Trump called her "Miss Piggy." Clinton had prepared for the debate by readying attacks on Trump's vulnerabilities. Trump and Clinton will face off again in nine days, but the two VP candidates will debate next week

The debate over transparency on the campaign trail

After building his political brand questioning President Obama's birth certificate, Donald Trump declared Friday that Obama was "born in the United States." The new position came during a week when both presidential candidates faced questions of transparency. After Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia, she and Trump released new details about their health.

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