CNN’s Don Lemon delivered a moving tribute to Gwen Ifill upon news of her death today, and as he spoke he couldn’t help but tear up.
Lemon was certainly not the only journalist who was heartbroken today. NBC’s Pete Williams choked up reporting on the news earlier today.
He heralded Ifill’s extraordinary accomplishments in the news business and revealed how when he got to meet her in the 90s, she agreed to take a look at his demo tape and Lemon “hung onto her every word.”
“Gwen, you were a black woman who thrives in this brutal business dominated by mostly men. You transcended race and gender,” he said. “You were simply brilliant and powerful, a quiet storm. Professional, understated, humble.”
He teared up and said he didn’t want to say goodbye, just “so long and thank you.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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