Rest in Power Gwen Ifill
My heart is broken. I woke up this morning and the very first thing I saw on social media was the story about Gwen Ifill's passing and it was like a sudden and unexpected punch to the stomach. And I haven't been able to catch my breath since then. I had some things I was going to try to get done today, but I don't know if I will be able to give them my full attention.

I was raised on PBS. I was one of those nerdy kids who watched The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. I have always counted Gwen Ifill among my personal heroines for her cool, calm, no nonsense demeanor and dedication to getting to the root of things.

This loss feels personal in a way that many of the other high-profile deaths this year haven't. Not because I loved those other public figures any less, but I didn't identify with them as strongly. 

I don't know what else to say right now. May she rest in power. May we carry on in her stead.