Longtime PBS Anchor Gwen Ifill Dead At 61
Longtime PBS anchor Gwen Ifill is dead at age 61. Ifill was notably absent from PBS’s election coverage last week. Ifill was one of the most prominent African-Americans in the journalism industry. She was the co-host of PBS’s NewsHour and also moderated “Washington Week.” Ifill’s resume included work at the “Washington Post,” the “New York Times” and NBC News. She moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008.
U.S. Students Walk Out Of Classes To Protest Trump Election
Hundreds of high school students in the U.S. are walking out of class in protest of Donald Trump’s election victory. Students from Silver Spring, Maryland to Los Angeles, California staged walkouts this morning. In addition, public school students in Seattle, Washington, and Towson University students in Maryland were also planning walkouts today.
Obama: Deep Introspection “Healthy” For Dems After Election
President Obama says it is a healthy thing for Democrats to go through a period of deep introspection after last week’s elections. Republicans took the White House and maintained control of Congress as a result of the election. In a White House news conference, Obama said Democrats have to get back to grassroots organizing and should be ready to show up and compete everywhere. Obama also expressed confidence that President-elect Donald Trump is committed to maintaining “core strategic relationships” around the world. Obama made the remarks before embarking on his last scheduled overseas trip to Greece, Germany and Peru.
MN Rep. Ellison Announces For DNC Chair
Keith Ellison is running for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The Minnesota congressman is one of two Muslim-Americans in the U.S. House. Ellison is supported by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who was an unsuccessful presidential candidate this year.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.