Gwen Ifill Speaks on News Diversity at Cronkite School

Gwen Ifill, one of the nation’s most recognized and respected television journalists, will give a free public lecture April 1 on diversity in the news at Arizona State University.

Ifill is managing editor and moderator of the PBS news show “Washington Week,” the longest-running prime time news and public affairs program on television, and is senior correspondent for another long-running news program, the “PBS NewsHour.” She also has been a frequent guest on other news programs such as “Meet the Press.”

The best-selling author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” Ifill will discuss “Diversity and Inclusion in the News.”

Ifill’s talk will take place April 1 at 7 p.m. in the First Amendment Forum of the Cronkite School on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. For more information, visit

Sharpe wins Media Diversity Award

Glendale Daily Planet's Ed Sharpe wins the AABJ Media Diversity Award for the second time.

Glendale Daily Planet's Ed Sharpe wins the AABJ Media Diversity Award for the second time.

The Arizona Association of Black Journalists has announced Ed Sharpe of the Glendale Daily Planet as the winner for the third-annual Arizona Media Diversity Awards program. This is Sharpe’s second year to win this award.

The program aims to recognize Arizona journalists and media members committed to sharing diverse stories reflective of Arizona’s minority communities. Weldon B. Johnson, president of the Arizona Association of Black Journalists, explained the award as one that “highlights the rich diversity of the community [local journalists] serve.” He adds that, “We’d like to salute Ed Sharpe and the Daily Planet for not only the quality but volume of his submissions. Ed has demonstrated a commitment to showcasing the diversity of experiences of Glendale’s residents. He has also exhibited a great enthusiasm for concept of community journalism and telling the stories of all of the people of Glendale.”

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