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Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff (born November 20, 1946) is an American television news anchor and journalist.



Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Woodruff began her career on local Atlanta station WAGA-TV, once a CBS affiliate and now an affiliate of Fox Network. She served as the chief White House correspondent for NBC from 1977 to 1982, and covered Washington for The Today Show from 1982 - 83. She moved from NBC to PBS, and from 1984 to 1990 was the host of Frontline. From 1983 to 1993, she was Chief Washington Correspondent for "The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," also on PBS.


Journalism career


From 1993 to June 2005, she was the host of Inside Politics on CNN.

Ms. Woodruff stayed with CNN until 2005 when she decided not to renew her contract, looking toward teaching, writing, and working on documentaries. In August 2005, Woodruff was named a visiting fellow for the fall semester at Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. She previously taught the course "Media and Politics" at Duke University's Sanford Institute for Public Policy. CNN founder Ted Turner stated in a May 7, 2009 interview on the Diane Rehm Show that he was upset that CNN had let Woodruff go. [1]


In 2006, Woodruff returned to PBS to work on "Generation Next," a documentary about American young people and their characteristics, values and thoughts on family, faith, politics and world events, produced in conjunction with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. "Generation Next" partnered with USA Today, Yahoo! News and NPR. Additionally, in 2006 Woodruff contributed as a guest correspondent to the National Public Radio (NPR) Morning Edition week-long series "Muslims In America," as part of NPR's fifth-year observance of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks.

On February 5, 2007, Judy Woodruff returned to The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS full time as senior correspondent, editor of 2008 political coverage and substitute anchor. As of early 2007, she was also working on Part 2 of the "Generation Next" documentary for PBS.[2]

From 2006 until the present, Woodruff has also anchored a weekly program for Bloomberg Television, called "Conversations with Judy Woodruff." Streaming video podcasts of her monthly interviews are available at [3].

Woodruff was selected to present the 2007 Red Smith Lecture in Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. The Red Smith lectureship annually selects renowned journalists to speak at the University to foster good writing and honor high journalistic standards.[4]

Personal life

Woodruff had her first taste of the limelight when at age 17 she won a hometown beauty pageant and was crowned Miss Augusta Junior Miss 1963. After high school, Woodruff attended Meredith College and Duke University, where she earned a degree in political science and was involved in the Student Union, Publications Board, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and Associated Students of Duke University (precursor to Duke Student Government). One of her first jobs in TV news broadcasting was with WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia as a news anchor, where she served from 1970 to 1975.

Woodruff is a founding Co-Chair of the International Women's Media Foundation; on the Boards of Trustees of the Freedom Forum and of the Freedom Forum's Newseum; and a member of the steering committee of the Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Woodruff is the parent of three children including a son born with spina bifida. Her husband is Al Hunt, formerly of CNN and The Wall Street Journal, now Executive Editor of the Bloomberg News Washington, D.C, bureau. She is not related to journalist Bob Woodruff.


  1. ^  "1986: A Life-Changing Year", Washington Post, July 25, 1999



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