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Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff

Anchor & Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour.” She has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at NBC, CNN and PBS.

At NBC News, Woodruff was White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982. For one year after that, she served as NBC’s “Today Show” chief Washington correspondent. She wrote the book, “This is Judy Woodruff at the White House,” published in 1982 by Addison-Wesley.

At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was chief Washington correspondent for the “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.” From 1984 to 1990, she also anchored PBS’s award-winning documentary series, “Frontline with Judy Woodruff.”

Moving to CNN in 1993, she served as anchor and senior correspondent for 12 years; among other duties, she anchored the weekday program, “Inside Politics.” She returned to “PBS NewsHour” in 2007, and in 2013, Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill were named the first two women to co-anchor a national news broadcast.

Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in journalism and communication industries worldwide.

She is the recent recipient of the Radcliffe Medal, the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University. She received the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Television from Washington State University, the Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma and the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media from the University of South Dakota. She was inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, received the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Duke University.