Famed journalist and PBS’ “NewsHour” co-anchor Gwen Ifill died on Monday of cancer, PBS has confirmed said. Ifill was 61 years old.

Ifill was a newspaper reporter before she transitioned television and worked for NBC News and PBS. The veteran journalist moderated two vice presidential debates.

She never announced her diagnosis, but took a leave of absence from her nightly show with Judy Woodruff earlier this year, citing health reasons. In the midst of election coverage a week ago, Ifill went out on leave again.

According to Politico, WETA president and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller wrote the following in an email to PBS Monday:

“I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away today in hospice care in Washington. I spent an hour with her this morning and she was resting comfortably, surrounded by loving family and friends… Earlier today, I conveyed to Gwen the devoted love and affection of all of us at WETA/NewsHour. Let us hold Gwen and her family even closer now in our hearts and prayers.”

PBS “NewsHour” executive producer Sara Just called Ifill “a standard bearer for courage, fairness and integrity in an industry going through seismic change.”

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