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 May 04Dr. Vivek Murthy on new US inoculation strategy and distributing vaccines abroad
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, a key member of the president's team combating COVID-19, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss President Joe Biden's aims to vaccinate 70 percent of all U.S. adults with at least one dose by July 4,…
Nation Apr 29Chauvin’s prosecutors reflect on the lessons from the trial
For three weeks, America and the world watched dozens of witnesses testify, and spent hours looking at video of George Floyd's murder at the trial of Derek Chauvin. Within days, other videos of deadly police encounters have renewed calls for…
Nation Apr 21Reimagining public safety: What police reform could look like after Chauvin trial
To discuss what the process of bringing reform to policing could look like, Judy Woodruff is joined by Alexis Karteron, an associate professor of law and Director of the Constitutional Rights Clinic at Rutgers University, and Tracie Keesee, a 25-year…
Politics Jan 15PBS NewsHour Special Report: American Reckoning
We explore what drove the Jan. 6 attack on the nation’s capital, the failures to heed warnings about growing anti-government and white nationalist extremism, the role of misinformation and disinformation online, and where we as a country go from here.
Nation Jan 08What we saw the day the Capitol was attacked
On Jan. 6, for the first time in more than two centuries, Congress was attacked and overrun, this time by its own citizens. The PBS NewsHour's anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff talks to correspondents Lisa Desjardins, Amna Nawaz and…
Arts Nov 20How Dolly Parton keeps her creative streak going after decades of hits
With a new album, new book, a holiday musical, a growing business empire and a philanthropic legacy, Dolly Parton isn’t slowing down. The iconic star talks to Judy Woodruff about feeling more creative and productive than ever before, and why…
Politics Oct 26Trump, Biden focus on Pennsylvania as race’s final week dawns
As President Trump and Joe Biden enter the final week of the presidential campaign, COVID-19 is roiling the race again. At least five of Vice President Mike Pence’s staffers have tested positive for the virus, including one deemed a close…
Arts Oct 20Lynne Cheney on American presidents of ‘The Virginia Dynasty’
Four of America’s first five presidents were born and raised within a 60-mile radius in the state of Virginia. Those men -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe -- and their sometimes complicated relationships are the focus…
Health Oct 19For caregivers, a difficult job becomes nearly impossible during the pandemic
There are more than 50 million caregivers in the United States, from in-home providers to family volunteers. For these essential workers, the pandemic has represented a crisis on a different scale. We hear some of their stories about what the…
Nation Oct 09Honoring lives lost in the COVID-19 pandemic
As we do each Friday during this pandemic, the NewsHour remembers five special people who lost their lives to COVID-19. Judy Woodruff shares their stories.