Pioneering broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, who has covered news and politics for more than four decades for CNN, NBC and PBS, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 awards dinner sponsored by the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The dinner will take place on Monday, May 21, at the Harvard Club of New York.
Woodruff is anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, which offers news updates, analysis, live studio interviews, discussions and foreign and domestic reports to put the day’s news in context. In the New York metro area, NewsHour airs at 7 p.m. on WNET.
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 to 1990, she also anchored PBS’ award-winning 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.” In 2007, she completed an extensive project on the views of young Americans called “Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard.”
Woodruff has been a visiting professor at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.
She anchored a monthly program for Bloomberg Television, “Conversations with Judy Woodruff,” from 2006 to 2013.
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. She serves on the boards of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, the Duke Endowment and the Urban Institute.
She is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita.
Woodruff is the 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, D.C., with her husband, journalist Al Hunt, and they are the parents of three children, Jeffrey, Benjamin and Lauren.