Gwen Ifill, a broadcast journalist with a distinguished career, won the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism on Aug. 10. The award, which is given out by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, comes with a $50,000 honorarium.

Broadcast Journalist, Gwen Ifill. (Twitter Photo)

Ifill is the co-anchor and managing editor of the “PBS NewsHour” as well as moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.” Ifill is the first African-American to win the award, which was launched in 1995.

“Gwen Ifill’s career embodies the best of our profession and the spirit of the John Chancellor Award: her unflinching pursuit of the truth, healthy skepticism of those in power and her commitment to fairness,” said Dean Steve Coll, a member of the Chancellor jury, in a statement.

According to a statement from the organization, “The John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism is presented each year to a reporter with courage and integrity for cumulative professional accomplishments. The prize honors the legacy of pioneering television correspondent and longtime NBC News anchor John Chancellor.”

Ifill will receive the award on Nov. 16 at a ceremony at Columbia University.