Judy Woodruff

Born:November 20, 1946 (age 77)

Judy Woodruff is a senior correspondent for and the former anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour whose journalism career spans five decades. Most recently, she has hosted a new segment for PBS NewsHour, “Judy Woodruff Presents: America at a Crossroads.”

Woodruff was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 20, 1946. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Duke University in 1968.

Woodruff’s journalism career began in 1969 at a CBS affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia, where she covered state and local government. She moved to NBC in 1975, where she was assigned to cover Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign and traveled with the campaign through mid-1976. She was White House correspondent at NBC News from 1977-1982 and then for one year was the Today Show’s chief Washington correspondent. She moved to PBS in 1983, serving as the chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour from 1983-1993 and anchoring the documentary series "Frontline with Judy Woodruff" from 1984-1990. She served as anchor and senior correspondent at CNN from 1993-2005. From 2006-2013, she anchored a monthly program for Bloomberg Television, "Conversations with Judy Woodruff." In 2007, Woodruff returned to PBS and the NewsHour, and in 2013, she and Gwen Ifill were named the first two women to co-anchor a national news broadcast. After Ifill's death in 2016, Woodruff became sole anchor.

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