I am among countless fans of Gwen Ifill who were shocked and saddened by her premature death on November 14, 2016. Her wit, warmth, incisive intelligence, and “megawatt” smile are deeply missed. She provided invaluable insights into contemporary politics that I appreciated as a frequent viewer of Washington Week and the PBS NewsHour. Many of the journalists seen on the two shows became subjects of my sketchbooks, drawn while watching, without freezing the screen to capture likenesses; neither did I consistently note names on the drawings. However, some of the scribblings are identifiable — dedicated journalists whose lives embody the full expression of the First Amendment of the Constitution. They include:
Gwen Ifill; Judy Woodward; Jeanne Cummings; David Sanger; Charles Babington; Tom Gjelten; Dan Balz; Peter Baker; Martha Raddatz; Ana Paula Ordorica, Eric Olson, and Ciro Gomez Leyva reporting on Mexican drug cartel murders; Ron Mathis and Oliver Kuttner, developers of lightweight cars; Hari Sreenivasan; John Dickerson; John Harwood; Jackie Collins; Naftali Ben David; Nancy Youssef; Karen Tumulty; Doyle McManus; Jim Tankersley; Charlie Rose with Franciose Gilot and curator John Richardson; Mark Shields and David Brooks; Charlayne Hunter-Gault; Amy Walter; Tamara Keith; Jeff Zeleny; Molly Ball; Jonathan Martin; Jim Braude; and many more whose televised images may have been too fleeting to draw.
Click on the thumbnails below to see a slideshow of drawings.