The 2007 Journalist in Residence Program included a number of firsts for USCET: the first time the program featured a woman, the first time the JIR was a broadcaster, and the first time Hong Kong was included on the schedule. The featured journalist for the October 2007 program was Gwen Ifill -- and it was her first trip to China!
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer". She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice Presidential debate during the 2004 election.
Prior to her arrival at PBS, she spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent. While at NBC, she covered the premier political stories affecting the nation, including national political campaigns and conventions, legislation before Congress and the impeachment of President Clinton. Her reports appeared on "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," "Today," "Meet the Press" and MSNBC, the all-news cable network.
A veteran journalist, Ifill joined NBC News from The New York Times, where she covered the White House and politics. She also covered national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun, and Boston Herald American.
During the JIR program, Ms. Ifill spoke at Hong Kong Baptist University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies School of Journalism, Fudan University School of Journalism and press venues. She moderated a panel at "The United States After September 11: Changes and Continuities".
Gwen Ifill in the Shanghai Star