EXCLUSIVE: ATF Director B. Todd Jones speaks with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff

In his first interview since taking office, B. Todd Jones, the new Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will sit down with PBS NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff on Thursday.

Jones, 56, was nominated in the wake of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012. He had been serving as acting ATF director for two years. Prior to his confirmation, the ATF did not have a permanent director for seven years. 

Woodruff and Jones will discuss the role of the ATF to combat violent crime and illegal use of guns, plus his plans for the agency and other news during the interview.

Excerpts of their conversation, as well as the full-length version of our interview will be available one our website video.pbs.org/program/newshour and on our YouTube page at youtube.com/pbsnewshour. Follow PBS NewsHour on Twitter (@NewsHour) for quotes from the interview during the East Coast airing of PBS NewsHour at 6 p.m., EDT, Thursday, as well as behind the scenes photographs before the airing.  On our homepage, PBS NewsHour’s news blog, the Rundown will also post excerpts on Thursday. 

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