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.