Judy Woodruff Joins PBS as Senior Correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff will join The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as a senior correspondent effective February 5, it was announced today by Linda Winslow, executive producer of The NewsHour. Woodruff will lead in-studio discussions, report from the field and conduct interviews for The NewsHour, as well as serve as a back-up anchor to Jim Lehrer.

The addition of Woodruff complements The NewsHour’s existing ensemble of talented and highly-regarded senior correspondents, which includes Jeffrey Brown, Gwen Ifill, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner.

Woodruff, who has covered every presidential election since 1976, will also serve as editor of The NewsHour’s 2008 political coverage, which will encompass the upcoming presidential primary campaigns and elections, 2008 convention coverage and the 2008 presidential election. Additionally, The NewsHour will also closely cover bell-weather House, Senate and gubernatorial races and will expand its previously-successful “local/national” partnerships with PBS stations across the country, which brought significant local political coverage together under the national umbrella of the Online NewsHour.

Woodruff’s return to The NewsHour is a homecoming of sorts. From 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, the current program’s predecessor. Most recently, Woodruff has been a special correspondent for The NewsHour for the past several months, during which she also served as the editor and reporter for Generation Next, a multi-media project produced by MacNeil Lehrer Productions, which examined the views, attitudes and aspirations of young Americans aged 16 to 25.

“We are delighted to have Judy with us again,” remarked Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of The NewsHour. “Judy is a real pro and a terrific journalist. Her talents and energy will strengthen our program and her passion for politics is a tremendous asset, especially as the election season approaches.”

Added Winslow, “not only is Judy a wonderful newswoman, but she’s a great fit with The NewsHour’s already strong roster of senior correspondents. With Judy on board, we’ll bring our broadcast and online audiences even more of the reporting and analysis they demand from The NewsHour.”

“Thomas Wolfe is wrong,” said Judy Woodruff, “I am going home – to The NewsHour – where I spent ten fabulous years. I’m thrilled to be rejoining Jim and the rest of this great team, which has a unique commitment to high-quality journalism.”

Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN from 1993 to 2005, anchoring the weekday political program, Inside Politics. At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and from 1984-1990, she anchored PBS’ award-winning weekly documentary series, Frontline with Judy Woodruff.

From 1977 to 1982 Woodruff served as White House correspondent for NBC News. For one year after that she served as NBC’s Today Show chief Washington correspondent.

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in association with WETA, Washington, DC and Thirteen/WNET in New York. Corporate funding for The NewsHour is provided by the Archer Daniels Midland Co.; CIT and Pacific Life, along with major funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Park Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

Additional foundation support is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Gruber Family Foundation, the Poetry Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

NOTE: High-resolution photos of Judy Woodruff are available at:http://www.pbs.org/newshour/aboutus/photos.html.

Full Bio of Judy Woodruff available at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/aboutus/bio_woodruff.html.