Gwen Ifill, who was known as a trailblazing anchor and reporter, left her mark on journalism, especially for women of color because she made huge strides in a career that was previously occupied by mostly white men.
She started off doing local news, but before long, she was cover presidential campaigns for some of the largest media outlets in the United States. She is known as one of the most respected reporters ever, and now she’s gaining even more attention and respect; she is on a stamp.
The trailblazer was honored further on Friday when the U.S. Postal Service announced that Ifill would be featured on the U.S.P.S.’s 43rd Black Heritage Forever Stamp. Ifill’s stamp has been officially issued and is available for purchase.
She joins the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King Jr, and more, who have all been recognized previously on a Forever stamp. Ifill’s stamp features a photo taken of her in 2008, and it is a headshot of her smiling and features a white background. Derry Noyes designed the stamp.
When introducing the stamp and recognizing Ifill on Friday, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman said that Ifill was a remarkable woman and national treasure who not only broke down gender barriers but racial barriers as well.