MAILED: April 19, 2001
Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and moderator and managing editor for
"Washington Week," will speak at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum Wednesday, May 2, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Chancellor Donald Mash will open the Forum at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Ifill, who has covered premier political stories affecting the nation, including presidential campaigns, key legislative issues in Congress and the impeachment of former President Clinton, will speak on
"Politics, Policy and Reality: What's Really Going on in Washington, D.C." The event also will include the announcement of the UW-Eau Claire journalism student selected to receive the 2001 Ann Devroy Fellowship. A reception in the Skylight Lounge, Davies Center, will follow the program.
Gwen Ifill joined "The NewsHour" in October 1999 as a Washington-based senior correspondent responsible for conducting newsmaker interviews, participating in studio discussions and debates, reporting from the field, and serving as a backup anchor.
Also in October 1999, Ifill became the new moderator for PBS's acclaimed
"Washington Week," a weekly roundtable discussion and analysis of current events in the nation's capital. She had served as a frequent guest panelist on the show since 1992 as well as on NBC's
"Meet the Press."
Ifill came to "The NewsHour" and "Washington Week" after five years with NBC News where she covered politics, public affairs and national trends for
"Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," "Today" and MSNBC. Before leaving NBC, she served as chief congressional and political correspondent.
A veteran journalist, Ifill covered the White House, Congress, presidential campaigns and government for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and The Boston Herald American.
She also covered Bill Clinton's rise from obscure governor to President of the United States in 1992 and 1993.
A native of New York City and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Mass., Ifill also has received seven honorary degrees. She serves on the board of Harvard University's Institute of Politics and the University of Maryland's College of Journalism.
The Ann Devroy Fund was established at UW-Eau Claire in 1997 to recognize the outstanding journalistic work of the late 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate who became the core of the White House press corps.
The primary purpose of the Ann Devroy Fund is to award a scholarship of at least $1,200 annually to a student who shows exceptional promise and ability as a journalist, who has made outstanding contributions to the university's student newspaper and who demonstrates financial need. The fund also helps defray the cost of a three-week residency at The Washington Post. In addition to the residency, the 2001 Devroy Fellowship winner will have a paid internship at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Ann Devroy was born in Green Bay Oct. 9, 1948, and died of cancer Oct. 23, 1997, at her home in Washington, D.C. She was a White House correspondent often considered the most challenging and most glamorous assignment in journalism for a total of 15 years, covering the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. During the nearly nine years Devroy reported for The Washington Post, the newspaper ran close to 2,500 stories under her byline and put 857 of them on the front page.
The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum is sponsored by The Washington Post Company, the UW-Eau Claire department of communication and journalism, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and The Forum lecture series.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission. Reserved seating tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. Tickets also will be available at the door if any remain.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 19, 2001