The US Postal Service will release the Gwen Ifill stamp on January 30, 2020.
This will be the 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage Forever stamp collection, a series that has honored other black history heavyweights like Ida B. Wells and Sojourner Truth.
Ifill, who died in 2016 at age 61, was an acclaimed print and TV journalist who wrote for the New York Times and the Washington Post. In addition to garnering myriad awards, Ifill broke barriers in journalism. When she became the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, Ifill became the first woman and first African American to moderate a major television news-analysis show.
In 2013, Ifill joined PBS NewsHour as a co-anchor and became part of the first all-female team to anchor a national nightly news program.
The Black Heritage Forever stamp collection honors black Americans who have made significant contributions to the nation. Past honorees include musicians, politicians, artists, and even the cultural celebration Kwanzaa.
Gwen Ifill’s impact in the journalism community will reverberate for generations. This stamp is one way our country can forever pay homage to a woman who dedicated her life to writing and reporting the truth.