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Simmons College Names School After Gwen Ifill

A tribute to the trailblazing journalist and host of the PBS Newshour who died Monday at the age of 61.  Pictured: PBS journalist and debate moderator Gwen Ifill and then-Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., left, shake hands at the end of his vice presidential debate with Republican rival, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in St. Louis, Mo., on Oct. 2, 2008. (Don Emmert/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
A tribute to the trailblazing journalist and host of the PBS Newshour who died Monday at the age of 61. Pictured: PBS journalist and debate moderator Gwen Ifill and then-Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., left, shake hands at the end of his vice presidential debate with Republican rival, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in St. Louis, Mo., on Oct. 2, 2008. (Don Emmert/AP)

Simmons College has announced it is naming one of its four schools after the late PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, who graduated from the school with a communications degree in 1977.

Ifill, who was co-anchor of the "PBS NewsHour" and moderator of the network's "Washington Week," died last year.

The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities will be one of four newly-reconstituted colleges of study under the Simmons academic umbrella.

Her family is donating her documents, honorary degrees and blazers she wore when she moderated debates to the school's archives.

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