Gwen Ifill '77 '93HD was a model of intellectual curiosity and truth seeking. As a journalist, Gwen was committed to not only asking important questions but also truly listening to the answers. Those traits are what inspired this annual event aimed at bringing together industry experts for an eye-opening and dynamic discussion on the important issues of our time.
The annual Ifill Forum invites alumnae, community members, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Gwen Ifill to experience an event where important national voices come together for a conversation of a pressing issue. The Ifill Forum seeks to ask the questions that Gwen herself would be asking of our world today.
During the Forum, the Gwen Ifill Next Generation Award is presented to an individual who embodies Gwen Ifill's commitment to professional excellence, mentoring, and the public good.
Gwen Ifill: A Life of Purpose
Best known as a successful and much admired television news anchor, Gwen Ifill launched her career here at Simmons.Meet Gwen Ifill
Gwen Ifill Next Generation Award
The Gwen Ifill Next Generation Award honors Gwen Ifill's commitment to professional excellence, community and mentoring. It recognizes a professional who exhibits the promise to carry on the work of fostering civic dialogue and an informed, diverse citizenry.Gwen Ifill Next Generation Award
Knight Foundation Investment
When Simmons University named one of its colleges in honor of Gwen Ifill, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation bestowed a $250,000 investment upon the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities. Support from Knight Foundation will honor Ifill’s legacy, including her commitment to journalistic integrity and civic engagement, as well as her esteemed reputation among journalists, civic leaders and the public at-large.
Ifill Forum in the News
On the afternoon of February 11, the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities hosted its fourth Ifill Forum. This event honors the legacy of pioneering journalist Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD by bringing together "important national voices for a...
On Saturday, February 11, 2023, the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities will host the Ifill Forum, our annual signature event in honor of Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD and her legacy as a ground-breaking Black woman journalist. Each...
Kate Farrell ’23 fills us in on participating in the Ifill Forum and how alumna Gwen Ifill's legacy is felt in the Simmons classroom.
Associate Professor Traci Griffith moderated a discussion between Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America, Kevin Merida, editor of the Los Angeles Times, and student panelists, Kate Farrell ‘23 and Kylie Collins ‘23.
On Saturday, November 6, the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities will host the Annual Ifill Forum. This year the Forum will feature the important national voices of Robin Roberts, Michele Norris, and Kevin Merida.
Michele Norris moderated a conversation with Ava DuVernay, filmmaker and founder of ARRAY, and Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
The Ifill Forum invited the important national voices of Judy Woodruff, Asma Khalid, Maya Valentine '19, and Yamiche Alcindor to discuss this year's theme of "Race, Media, and Democracy."
The John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, a national foundation that invests in journalism, the arts, and local communities to foster informed and engaged communities, announced this significant investment in support of The Gwen Ifill College.
White House Correspondent April Ryan was honored with the Gwen Ifill Next Generation Award. The discussion was moderated by Rehema Ellis '74, '00HD, NBC News' Chief Education Correspondent.
Robin Roberts, journalist, author, host, and anchor of Good Morning America received the 2021 Gwen Ifill Next Generation Award. The award was presented to Roberts by fellow journalist Michele L. Norris. The panel featured Roberts, as well as Kevin Merida, Executive Editor of the LA Times.
Ava DuVernay, winner of BAFTA, Peabody and Emmy Awards, and Academy Award nominee was honored with the Gwen Ifill Next Generation Award. Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. was a panelist. Michele Norris, one of the most trusted voices in journalism, served as moderator.
Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC was the recipient of the first Gwen Ifill Next Generation Award. Panelists included Asma Khalid, national political correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast, Maya Valentine ’19, Press Assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives, and Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. Rachel Gans-Boriskin, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Communications, served as moderator.