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 more than four 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
Politics Jun 24Ahead of 1st Democratic debate, Paul Ryan on why the 2020 election is Trump’s to lose
Republican Paul Ryan, former speaker of the house and congressman from Wisconsin, has kept a low profile since his departure from national politics earlier this year. Judy Woodruff sat down with Ryan during a Sunday event in Colorado to discuss…
Politics Jun 23WATCH: Paul Ryan and Judy Woodruff discuss current crises in the world and life after Washington
Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan sat down with Judy Woodruff in Aspen, Colorado, Sunday, to discuss his perspective on Washington since leaving government. They discussed how the policies he helped implement have fared under the current administration, Ryan’s…
Politics Jun 20Amy Klobuchar on her top 3 priorities as president
When asked why voters should support her for in 2020, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., emphasizes her legislative record in an era of political gridlock and her Heartland roots. Although she has a list of 137 policy priorities she would tackle…
Politics Jun 14Meet the 2020 Candidates
Politics Jun 13Beto O’Rourke says Trump administration is gunning for war with Iran
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’ Rourke burst onto the national stage when he came close to defeating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterms. Now running for the Democratic presidential nomination, O’Rourke is emphasizing his ability to bring together…
Politics Jun 11Why Seth Moulton thinks impeachment is the right thing to do
Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., is a former Marine who served four tours of duty in Iraq. Now a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, he's emphasizing his military service and national security credentials as he faces off against other…
Politics Jun 06Why Marianne Williamson thinks she can defeat Trump
Marianne Williamson doesn’t have experience holding elected office, but the activist and author is running for president anyway. According to her, what Democrats need to defeat President Trump in 2020 is someone who can reach the American people not just…
Politics Jun 05Why Bennet thinks Biden isn’t Democrats’ candidate of the future
Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet is one of 23 candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and the author of a recent book on restoring America’s “broken” politics. Bennet sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss why doesn’t think…
Politics May 24Why Eric Swalwell thinks he can win over Trump supporters — like his parents
California Rep. Eric Swalwell is one of the youngest Democrats running for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination. He has made gun control the central issue of his campaign. Swalwell sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss why he believes addressing…
Politics May 23Kirsten Gillibrand on the political risks of standing up for women
Kirsten Gillibrand has represented New York in the Senate for a decade, with a record of advocacy on sexual abuse and gender rights. Now running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Gillibrand sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss the…