About Judy @judywoodruff
Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. She has covered politics and other news for five decades at NBC, CNN and PBS.
At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. 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 NewsHour 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.
Judy is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita.
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 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 others.
She is the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees.
Judy lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, journalist Al Hunt, and they are the parents of three children: Jeffrey, Benjamin and Lauren.
Judy’s Recent Stories
Nation Jan 06Harris on the state of democracy a year after Jan. 6
On the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Judy Woodruff speaks to Vice President Kamala Harris about the state of American democracy, the Democrats' agenda and the administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nation Dec 28What’s behind rising homelessness in America?
The number of Americans living without homes, in shelters, or on the streets continues to rise at an alarming rate. Judy Woodruff reports on why that is, and what more can be done to prevent it.
Economy Oct 13Sec. Raimondo ‘optimistic’ about clearing supply logjam at U.S. ports by Christmas
Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at how the Biden administration plans to address global supply chain challenges and combating inflation with Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. Raimondo addresses both the supply shortage of general consumer goods and also vital…
Health Oct 12The latest health guidance on taking aspirin as heart attack, stroke preventative
Adults 60 or older should not necessarily take a daily aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, according to a draft recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The government-backed panel of independent experts is revising several…
World Oct 08Fiona Hill reflects on impeachment testimony, Trump presidency and opportunity in America
Russia expert Fiona Hill captured national attention two years ago when she testified during then-President Donald Trump's first impeachment hearing. Now she's out with a new book, "There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century." She…
Politics Oct 07How false fraud claims are eroding integrity of American election system
For a deeper look at the efforts to undermine election integrity in the United States — and what can be done to stop it — Judy Woodruff is joined by Rick Hasen, professor at the University of California Irvine, and…
Politics Sep 23Justice Breyer on ‘procedural decision’ behind Texas abortion law, politics on the bench
Justice Stephen Breyer heads into a new supreme court term soon, facing a docket of hot-button issues and pressure from progressives to retire. The court's senior liberal justice, Breyer joined Judy Woodruff to talk about his role and new book,…
Politics Sep 14Despite concerns about voter enthusiasm, Newsom’s fate looks good in California recall
With just hours left until voting ends in California in the recall election of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newson, Stephanie Sy provides us with an overview of the recall and we check in with Scott Shafer, politics and government editor for…
Nation Aug 05Remembering Richard Trumka, a giant in the world of labor and unions
Richard Trumka, who was at the helm of the nation's largest labor federation, the AFL-CIO, for more than two decades, died on Thursday. Paul Solman reports, and Robert Reich, former secretary of labor under the Clinton administration, joins Judy Woodruff…
World Jul 27U.S. ‘really messed it up’ in Afghanistan, says Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan
In just over one month, the United States will have completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. But for those two decades, Afghanistan's eastern neighbor, Pakistan, stood accused by American and Afghan forces of supporting the Taliban.