- Elizabeth Okigbo
journalist, television news correspondent, and author, was born in Queens, New York, the fifth child of Eleanor Ifill, a homemaker, and O. Urcille Ifill Sr., an African Methodist Episcopal minister. Due to her father's occupation, Ifill grew up with a strong religious background and moved around often in the northeastern United States. Both of her parents emigrated to the United States, her mother from Barbados and her father from Panama. Ifill went to high school in Buffalo, New York. In the Washington Post, Ifill commented to Howard Kurtz We were very conscious of the fact that we didn t have any money I make more money in a week than my father made in a year Ifill s love of journalism was fueled at an early age by her parents who would insist that their children gather around the television nightly watching the ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.