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 Feb 27WATCH: Full interview with 2020 candidate Michael Bloomberg
The Democratic presidential candidate weighed in on the Trump administration's response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, his tax returns, thoughts on the #MeToo movement, and much more.
Politics Feb 172020 Democrats focus on Nevada, while taking aim at Bloomberg’s record
In the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, most of the candidates have fanned out across Nevada, whose caucuses will be held February 22nd. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, as well as Pete Buttigieg, are aiming to build…
Politics Feb 13Sanders disavows attacks on culinary union, saying internet is a ‘strange world’
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is currently one of the leading candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Fresh off his New Hampshire victory Tuesday, Sanders sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss why he thinks his campaign has a good…
Politics Feb 12Buttigieg: Results are proving to S.C. voters he’s ‘a serious contender’
Tuesday's New Hampshire primary was another big night for former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who came in a close second. But can he compete in more diverse key states like South Carolina, where his poll numbers are low? Buttigieg…
Nation Jan 30Gwen Ifill honored with Black Heritage Forever stamp
Some people leave an indelible mark on the world, and our friend Gwen Ifill is one of them. The NewsHour legend was honored Thursday with a Black Heritage Forever stamp celebrating her professional achievements and contributions to African American communities.
Politics Jan 28Elizabeth Warren on Trump’s trial and why ‘women win’ elections
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has been present for the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump and heard Trump’s legal team offer its defense of the charges against him. She is also a 2020 Democratic candidate for president. Warren joins Judy…
Politics Jan 07Bernie Sanders on Iran, health care and Democratic electability
As President Trump's decision to kill a prominent Iranian general continues to draw scrutiny, what does Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, think of the move? Sanders joins Judy Woodruff to explain why the…
Politics Dec 23As the year concludes, 2020 Democrats look to Iowa and beyond
Candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination are closing out 2019 the same way they spent the past several months -- on the campaign trail. While some focus on Iowa, the first state to hold primary voting, others are conducting…
World Nov 11Hong Kong’s anti-government protests again turn violent
Anti-government protests in Hong Kong erupted into chaos Monday, leaving two people critically injured. One person was shot at close range by police, while separately, a China supporter was set on fire. Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, vowed to “spare…
Arts Nov 07Why Jane Fonda is putting herself on the line to fight climate change
Jane Fonda has been a household name for decades due to her prolific acting career, both on-screen and on stage. She has also drawn sustained attention for her enduring — and sometimes controversial — activism. Judy Woodruff sits down with…