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Prominent political journalist Gwen Ifill died Monday at the age of 61. Ifill was the first African-American woman to host a major political television talk show, when she took the helm of Washington Week in Review in 1999. In 2013, she was named co-host of PBS News Hour. Murray State University history professor and commentator Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on his personal connection with Ifill and her legacy.

Gwen Ifill, one of the most prominent political journalists in the country, has died, according to PBS. She was 61.

Recent reports were officially confirmed today — the upcoming sixth season will be the last for the very successful drama Downton Abbey, according to an announcement Thursday from Carnival Films and Masterpiece. Executive producer Gareth Neame had this to say:

From NPR: PBS is remixing classics like Reading Rainbow and Mr. Rogers for the pleasure of fans. Be warned, expect plenty of Auto-Tune.