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Don Lemon Fights Tears in Emotional Gwen Ifill Tribute

On Monday, the world lost Gwen Ifill. The pioneering journalist, who moderated two vice-presidential debates and anchored a pair of PBS shows, among other achievements throughout her decades-long career, passed away from complications of uterine cancer while in hospice care.She was 61.

CNN anchor Don Lemon took time Monday night to praise Ifill and reflect on her extraordinary career. He choked back tears throughout the tribute, deeply emotional about her passing.

"Gwen was one of the most talented journalists of our time. Period," he started. "Her accomplishments are literally too many to mention." He continued by remembering the first time he met the influential journalist.

Watch the tribute below, and watch her exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above:

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