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 Jul 03In memory of 5 more U.S. victims of the coronavirus
We remember five more victims of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, including a beloved Virginia postal carrier, a Holocaust survivor and a 35-year-old DNA scientist. Judy Woodruff has their stories.
Nation Jun 26Stories of 5 Americans killed by the coronavirus
As the United States approaches another coronavirus milestone, with nearly 125,000 deaths from the disease, we look back at the lives of a few of those lost. Judy Woodruff shares their stories.
Nation Jun 19Remembering 5 people lost to the COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic continues to claim the lives of hundreds of Americans every day. Judy Woodruff remembers five of them, including a 29-year-old registered nurse and a 48-year-old firefighter.
Nation Jun 12Remembering 5 more victims of the coronavirus
As more states push forward with reopening, the coronavirus continues to enact a devastating toll on families and communities across the country. Each week, we take a moment to remember a few of the remarkable individuals we have lost. Judy…
Nation Jun 05Stories of 5 coronavirus victims in the U.S.
Even as unrest and mass protests dominate national headlines, the novel coronavirus continues to take more lives. We share stories of five victims, including a baker who endured internment during World War II, a veteran of the Fire Department of…
Nation Jun 01Roxane Gay, Anna Deavere Smith and Tay Anderson on the protests’ hope and despair
For analysis of the deeper systemic issues that are underlying the country’s civic unrest, Judy Woodruff talks to Roxane Gay, a noted essayist and author whose work frequently addresses issues of race, identity and privilege; Anna Deavere Smith, award-winning playwright…
Politics May 29George Floyd’s death ‘no time for incendiary tweets,’ Biden says of Trump
Recent images of unrest in cities like Minneapolis resemble demonstrations that occurred during the Obama administration, when protesters took to the streets demanding that law enforcement face justice for their violent treatment of black Americans. Joe Biden, who was vice…
Nation May 29Remembering 5 lives lost to the coronavirus
As another heartbreaking week comes to a close, we take a moment to honor some of the 102,000 people in the U.S. who have died of the coronavirus so far. Judy Woodruff has stories of five victims, including an artist…
Nation May 25Watch continues uninterrupted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Army soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as “The Old Guard,” have kept watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier around the clock for more than 70 years. Even though Arlington National Cemetery, where the tomb is…
Nation May 22Remembering 5 more victims of the COVID-19 pandemic
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has climbed past 95,000 this week. As the staggering numbers reverberate, we take a moment to remember five people killed by the disease, including an opera singer, a father of six and a 25-year-old…