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This update features eight new biographies of important figures in the history of American journalism. It includes influential PBS news anchor and reporter Gwen Ifill; long-time CBS News correspondent Bob Simon; USA Today founder Al Neuharth; Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, journalist for the New Republic who was injured during World War I; Wall Street Journal editors Vermont Royster and Barney Kilgore; Marie Colvin, war reporter for UPI and the Sunday Times; and Jeremiah O’Sullivan, who played a key role in twentieth-century Catholic journalism.
Gwen Ifill (1955–2016) won numerous awards for her print journalism career at the Baltimore Evening Sun, Washington Post, and New York Times and her television work for NBC News, blazing a trail for Black women in a field dominated by white men. In 1999 she joined PBS, where she became one of the most recognized voices in political journalism. She moderated “Washington Week,” co-anchored “NewsHour”, and moderated vice-presidential debates in 2004 and 2008 as well as the Democratic primary debate in 2016.