Following several months of cancer treatment, the veteran journalist and newscaster passed away Monday at the age of 61, PEOPLE confirmed.
“It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Gwen Ifill passed away earlier today surrounded by family and friends,” PBS’ President and CEO Paula Kerger’s statement read. “Gwen was one of America’s leading lights in journalism and a fundamental reason public media is considered a trusted window on the world by audiences across the nation. Her contributions to thoughtful reporting and civic discourse simply cannot be overstated. She often said that her job was to bring light rather than heat to issues of importance to our society.”
“Gwen did this with grace and a steadfast commitment to excellence,” Kerger’s message continued. “Our sorrow at her passing is a part of our profound gratitude for all that she did for our system and our nation. It was an honor to know Gwen and to work with her.
After learning about the death of Ifill, Obama, Roberts, Katie Couric and many more took to social media to pay tribute to the late journalist.