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A distinguished journalist with five decades covering politics and other news at NBC, CNN and PBS, and winner of countless journalism awards, Judy Woodruff is well known worldwide for her excellence in journalism and as an author.

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Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff

At PBS from 1983 to 1993, Judy Woodruff was the chief Washington
correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. From 1984 – 1990,
she also anchored PBS’ 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 the News Hour in 2007, and in 2013, she and the late
Gwen Ifill were named the first two women to co-anchor a national
news broadcast. After Ifill’s death, Woodruff was named sole anchor.

In 2011, Judy was the anchor and reporter for the PBS documentary
“Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime.” And in 2007, she completed
an extensive project on the views of young Americans, titled
“Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard.” Two hour-long
documentaries aired on PBS, along with a series of reports on the
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, in USA Today and on Yahoo News.
From 2006 – 2013, Judy anchored a monthly program for Bloomberg
Television, “Conversations with Judy Woodruff.” In 2006, she was a
visiting professor at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of
Public Policy. In 2005, she was a visiting fellow at Harvard
University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and
Public Policy.

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.
Her reporting career began in Atlanta, Georgia, where she covered
state and local government.
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
serves on the boards of trustee of the Freedom Forum, The Duke
Endowment and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and is a
director of Public Radio International and the National Association to
End Homelessness. She is a former member of the Knight
Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, a former director of the
National Museum of American History and a former trustee of the
Urban Institute.

She is the recent recipient of the Peabody Journalistic Integrity Award
and an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as 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 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 and received the Leonard Zeidenberg
First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News
Association and the Duke Distinguished Alumni Award, among

She is the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees.

Judy is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita.
She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, journalist Al Hunt,
and they are the parents of three children and grandparents of one.

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