panelist and occasional host for "washington week." kevin merida, a longtime colleague and now with the wesbite, "espn's undfeated." and amy walter, also of our newshour and washington week families. she's with the "cook political report." this is a tough night for all of us. i know you each have so much you want to say about gwen. i'm going to start with you, kevin merida, because i think you've known gwen the longest. tell us about meeting her. >> it was incredible. i was editor of a black student newspaper at boston university and we did a piece on gwen because here she was this hot-shot journalist right out of college that got hired by the boston herald american, and for many young black journalists or aspiring black journalists, we didn't know many people like gwen, and, so, she felt late bit like a unicorn then. so we became friends after that. burr that was my first introduction to her. she was a wonderful friend, obviously, and inspired many of us throughout our careers. >> sreenivasan: john dickerson, you met gwen on the campaign trail covering politics and then became friends.
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