Gwen Ifill visits SMU for media ethics lecture Oct. 1

Gwen IfillAuthor, political journalist and broadcaster Gwen Ifill will present SMU’s 2009 Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Since 1999, Ifill has been moderator and managing editor of PBS’ “Washington Week” – in its 40th year, the longest-running prime-time news and public affairs program on television. She also serves as senior correspondent and occasional anchor on “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” On “Washington Week,” Ifill leads a rotating panel of journalists offering analysis into the week’s top news stories.

Previously, Ifill worked at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent, appearing on the “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “Today” and MSNBC, and was a frequent panelist on “Meet the Press.” In addition, she was White House correspondent for The New York Times and covered politics and government for The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and the Boston Herald American.

Ifill moderated the vice presidential debates during the 2004 and 2008 elections. During the 2008 presidential campaign, she wrote The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Her analysis of the changing black political culture and power structure, as well as the roles of race and racism in the election itself, made the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2001, Ifill gave SMU’s Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture in Women’s Studies.

The Sammons Lecture Series is presented by the Division of Journalism in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Tickets are free; reservations are required. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).