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Pioneering television news anchor Gwen Ifill died Monday after a battle with cancer. She was 61.

One of the nation’s most prominent black journalists and a longtime newscaster at PBS who previously worked at NBC News, Ifill was in hospice care when she passed away.

“Gwen was a standard bearer for courage, fairness and integrity in an industry going through seismic change,” Sara Just, PBS News Hour’s executive producer, said in a statement.

“She was a mentor to so many across the industry and her professionalism was respected across the political spectrum. She was a journalist’s journalist and set an example for all around her.”

Ifill was the host of PBS’ Washington Week and co-host of PBS NewsHour. She covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. She was also the author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” which was published on inauguration day 2009.

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Gwen Ifill of PBS watches a clip of “Saturday Night Live” during a live taping of “Meet the Press” from NBC October 5, 2008 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images

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