Feb. 7, 2020

U.S. Postal Service Salutes Pioneering Journalist Gwen Ifill

43rd Black Heritage Stamp Unveiled in Colorado Springs, CO

Gwen Ifill Forever stamp

What:

The U.S. Postal Service, in partnership with the Colorado Springs Chapter of The Links Incorporated, will hold a stamp unveiling event for the late journalist Gwen Ifill at the Colorado Springs, CO Main Post Office. The official unveiling occurred in Washington, DC on Jan. 29. This is our opportunity to pay tribute to a renowned journalist during Black History Month.

Who:

The media are invited to attend. Speakers include: Deborah L. Hendrix, President of Colorado Springs Chapter of the Links Incorporated; Pat Randle, from the Rocky Mountain Advisory committee for Public Broadcasting Service; and JoLea Quintana, Colorado Springs Postmaster.

When:

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Where:

Colorado Springs Main Post Office
201 E. Pikes Peak
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Products:

Items available to purchase at the event or on usps.com are: Gwen Ifill Forever Stamp Sheet, Gwen Ifill Digital Color Postmark, Gwen Ifill First Day Cover, and the Gwen Ifill Stamp Ceremony Memento.

Background:

Among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism, Ifill was a trailblazer in the profession.

After graduating from college in 1977, Ifill’s first job as a journalist was at The Boston Herald American. She later worked at The Baltimore Evening Sun, The Washington Post and The New York Times, where she was a White House correspondent and covered Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992.

In 1994, Ifill moved to NBC, where she covered politics in the Washington bureau. Five years later, she joined PBS as senior political correspondent for “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week,” becoming the first woman and first African American to moderate a major television news-analysis show. During her career, Ifill covered seven presidential campaigns and, in 2004, she became the first African American female journalist to moderate a vice-presidential debate. She also moderated the 2008 vice-presidential debate. In 2013, Ifill became part of the first all-female team to anchor a daily national broadcast news show, “PBS NewsHour.” Ifill died in 2016.

Among Ifill’s honors were the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award (2006), Harvard’s Shorenstein Center’s Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism (2009) and induction into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame (2012). In 2015, she was awarded the Fourth Estate Award by the National Press Club. She received numerous honorary degrees and served on the boards of the News Literacy Project and the Committee to Protect Journalists, which renamed its Press Freedom Award in her honor.

The 2016 John Chancellor Award was posthumously awarded to Ifill by the Columbia Journalism School. In 2017, the Washington Press Club Foundation and “PBS NewsHour” created a journalism fellowship named for Ifill. Her alma mater, Simmons University, opened the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities in the fall of 2018.

The Gwen Ifill Black Heritage stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Postal Products
Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

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