This year Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, marking her 60-year reign as Great Britain’s monarch. ABC News is marking the occasion tonight with a two-hour edition of 20/20 entitled “The Real Queen: By Her Own Royal Family.” Katie Couric interviews the Queen’s grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry about their grandmother:
Couric met the Queen last week and described the experience to colleague Diane Sawyer:
The special airs at 9pm ET, and Good Morning America is also airing from London this week to join in the jubilation.
She occupied half of Walter Cronkite’s anchor chair on CBS Evening News (she co-anchored with Dan Rather); she famously interviewed Newt Gingrich’s mother, and she is married to Maury Povich. In her 2009 Archive Interview, Connie Chung talks of being a serious journalist, covering national elections and 9/11, yet also shows her softer side, speaking of her role as a mother, and outlining her frequent appearances on Late Night with David Letterman skits.
She details working with Walter Cronkite:
And why she felt comfortable appearing on the hit sitcom, Murphy Brown:
You can regularly catch her on Washington Week and PBS Newshour, and she’s been known to moderate a Vice-Presidential Debate or two. Journalist Gwen Ifill has been reporting on The Hill for years now, and not just for TV news – she spent years in print journalism working for The Washington Post and The New York Times before coming to television.
In her 2011 interview, Ifill talks of moderating one of the Sarah Palin-Joe Biden Vice Presidential debates:
In her hour-long Archive Interview, Gwen Ifill discusses her early love of writing and reading and how that carried her into a career in journalism. She knew at the age of nine-years-old that she wanted to be a journalist and later majored in Communications at Simmons College to help make her dream a reality. She describes working in print journalism for many years, covering politics for The Baltimore Evening Sun, Presidential Elections for The Washington Post, and Clinton’s election and the White House for The New York Times. She recalls her first appearance on television and shares how mentor Tim Russert convinced her to get into television full-time. Ifill details stories she covered at NBC News, and outlines her transition from NBC to PBS. She speaks of becoming the first female, African-American moderator of Washington Week and talks of her work on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (aka PBS NewsHour). She discusses her experiences moderating Edwards/Cheney and Palin/Biden Vice-Presidential debates and expresses her thoughts on the Saturday Night Live sketch with Queen Latifah that parodies the Palin/Biden debate. Ifill offers tips on how to be a good moderator and gives her views on the future of television news. Karen Herman conducted the interview on October 20, 2011 in Washington, D.C.