Chatham University

Judy Woodruff

2020-2021 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics

Judy Woodruff, 2020-2021 Elsie Hillman Chair

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. She has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS.

In April of 2017, Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication announced it would be honoring Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill with the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. When Woodruff and Ifill were announced as co-anchors of the PBS NewsHour in 2013, it marked the first time that an American network broadcast would be coanchored by two women.

For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, where her duties included anchoring the weekday program, Inside Politics. At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. From 1984-1990, she also anchored PBS' awardwinning weekly documentary series, Frontline with Judy Woodruff.

In 2011, Woodruff was the principal 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 called 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 and in USA Today.

In 2006, Woodruff 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. From 2006-2013, she anchored a monthly program for Bloomberg Television, Conversations with Judy Woodruff.

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. Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide. She serves on the boards of trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, the Duke Endowment, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Urban Institute. She is a former member of The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Woodruff is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita.

She is the recent recipient of the "Cine Lifetime Achievement Award", a Duke "Distinguished Alumni Award", the Edward R. Murrow "Lifetime Achievement Award in broadcast Journalism/Television", the University of Southern California "Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism", the "Al Neuharth/University of South Dakota Award for Excellence in Journalism" and the "Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communications" from the University of Oklahoma, among others.

She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, journalist Al Hunt, and they are the parents of three children: Jeffrey, Benjamin and Lauren.