For over 30 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week and is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS. Washington Week features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events. The program currently maintains a small core group of regular correspondents and a larger group of occasional guests. October 1, 1999 marked the arrival of Washington Week's newest moderator, Gwen Ifill. As chief Congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, Ifill has been a frequent Washington Week panelist since 1992, and has occasionally served as guest moderator on the show. In 1974, the program won the Alfred duPont-Columbia University Award, in recognition of outstanding journalistic achievement. Other awards include a Silver Medal from the International Film and Television Festival of New York; Emmy Awards from the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and local awards around the country. Washington Week is currently carried by 90 percent of the 306 PBS stations around the country and reaches 97 percent of U.S. television households. In 1975 the Armed Forces Radio and TV Network was granted permission to carry the program on a regular basis to troops throughout the world. [24 minutes]
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Series Description: WASHINGTON WEEK, PBS' longest-running public affairs series, features Washington's top journalists analyzing the week's top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans. Gwen Ifill hosts.
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