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The 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage® series honors Gwen Ifill (1955–2016), one of America's most esteemed journalists. Among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism, she was a trailblazer in the profession.
The stamp art features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi.
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 provided the paper’s coverage of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992.
In 1994, Ifill moved to a broadcast job at NBC, where she covered politics in the D.C. bureau. Five years later, she joined PBS; she became the senior political correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, 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, became the first African-American female journalist to moderate a vice-presidential debate. She went on to moderate the 2008 vice-presidential debate. In 2013, Ifill became part of the first all-female team to anchor a daily national news show, PBS NewsHour.
Ifill was known for her nonpartisan and in-depth reporting. Her tremendous personal warmth coupled with her integrity, tenacity, and intellect gave her an authoritative professional presence; viewers trusted her to provide accurate, fair, and balanced reporting. Ifill believed that her job was to bring light rather than heat to issues of the day.
Among Ifill's honors were the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award (2006), Harvard's Joan 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 the 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.
One of the nation's most admired journalists, Ifill brought clarity and honesty to her work. Her commitment to the public interest made her a standard-bearer for journalistic fairness, courage, and integrity.
Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.
The Gwen Ifill stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
Made in the USA.
SKUs featured on this page: 475804
|Issue:||Gwen Ifill Stamp|
|Denomination & Type of Issue:||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Format:||Pane of 20 (1 design)|
|Issue Date & City:||January 30, 2020, Washington, DC 20066|
|Art Director:||Derry Noyes, Washington, DC|
|Designer:||Derry Noyes, Washington, DC|
|Typographer:||Derry Noyes, Washington, DC|
|Existing Photo:||Robert Severi|
|Modeler:||Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn|
|Manufacturing Process:||Offset, Microprint|
|Printer:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Press Type:||Alprinta 74|
|Stamps per Pane:||20|
|Print Quantity:||40,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Phosphor Tagged Paper Block|
|Processed at:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Colors:||Custom Gray, Pantone 2715, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black|
|Image Area (w x h):||0.84 x 1.42 in/21.336 x 36.068 mm|
|Overall Size (w x h):||0.98 x 1.56 in/24.892 x 39.624 mm|
|Full Pane Size (w x h):||6 x 8.5 in/152.4 x 215.9 mm|
|Press Sheet Size (w x h):||12 x 25.75 in/304.8 x 654.05 mm|
|Plate Size:||240 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Numbers:||“B” followed by six (6) single digits|
|Front:||Header: BLACK HERITAGE, Celebrating Gwen Ifill, 43RD IN A SERIES • Plate number in bottom two corners|
|Back:||©2019 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (475800) • Plate position diagram (6) • Promotional text|
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