Woodruff, a 30-year veteran of broadcast journalism who joined
CNN in 1993, anchors Judy Woodruff’s Inside Politics,
the nation’s first program devoted exclusively to politics.
Woodruff also anchors Live From on weekdays as well as
other major news events.
Woodruff helped anchor the network’s coverage of the February 2003
Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, interviewing experts and former astronauts
about the risks and benefits of space exploration. Later in the year, Woodruff
helped anchor the network’s coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
She provided the latest reports and updates from the frontlines as well
as from Central Command in Qatar and from Washington, D.C.
Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New
York and the Pentagon, Woodruff provided award-winning continuous coverage
from Washington, D.C., updating CNN viewers with the latest information
and communicating with correspondents in the field.
In addition to her daily reporting duties, Woodruff reports on breaking
political news stories and co-anchors CNN’s special coverage of political
events such as debates and major presidential speeches. In April 2003,
Woodruff moderated the first debate between the 2004 democratic presidential
candidates, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund. Woodruff led
the network’s breaking news coverage of the death of Sen. Paul Wellstone,
D-Minn., which occurred just weeks before the 2002 election. For CNN’s Election
2000 coverage, she moderated the Phoenix Republican presidential debate
that CNN aired in November 1999, the CNN and WMUR-TV/Imes Communications
Republican presidential town hall meeting at Dartmouth College in October
1999, the CNN/WMUR-TV Republican presidential debate in January 2000 and
the CNN/Los Angeles Times Republican presidential debate in March
In September 1995, she traveled to Beijing to cover the U.N. World Conference
on Women. She moderated CNN’s first two “Global Forums,” international
town meetings with former President Bill Clinton in 1994 and former President
Jimmy Carter in 1995. She also anchored CNN’s coverage of former
President Richard Nixon’s funeral.
She has covered politics and campaigns for most of her career. Woodruff
moderated the 1988 vice presidential debate and has reported on every national
political convention and presidential campaign since 1976. Before joining
CNN, Woodruff was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer
NewsHour. From 1984 to 1990, she anchored public television’s
award-winning weekly documentary series Frontline with Judy Woodruff.
Before joining the NewsHour, Woodruff was chief Washington, D.C.,
correspondent for NBC's Today. She also served as NBC News’ White
House correspondent from 1977 to 1982, covering both the Carter and Reagan
administrations. Woodruff joined NBC News as a general assignment reporter
based in Atlanta in 1975. From 1970 to 1974, she was a correspondent for
WAGA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, where she reported on the state
legislature for five years and anchored the noon and evening news. Her
book, This is Judy Woodruff at the White House, published in 1982
by Addison-Wesley, documents her experiences as a journalist.
CNN received the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award in the Continuing Coverage
category for its Sept. 11, 2001, coverage of the terrorist attacks, anchored
by Woodruff and Aaron Brown. In 1997, Woodruff won the News and Documentary
Emmy Award for outstanding instant coverage of a single breaking news story
for CNN’s coverage of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. In 1996,
Woodruff and Bernard Shaw won the CableACE Award for Best Anchor Team for
their work on Inside Politics. In 1995, Woodruff won the CableACE
for Best Newscaster. In 1995, the Freedom Forum awarded Woodruff and her
journalist husband, Al Hunt, the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence
In October 2003, Woodruff received the International Matrix Award from
the Association for Women in Communications. Also in 2003, Woodruff was
inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and
honored by the Radio-Television News Directors Association and Foundation
with the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award. In 1994, Woodruff became
the first recipient of the National Women’s Hall of Fame President’s
21st Century Award. That same year, she and her husband were named “Washingtonians
of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine for their fundraising
work to fight spina bifida. And in 1986, for Woodruff’s series on
national defense issues, the NewsHour was awarded the first Joan
Shorenstein Barone Prize by the Washington Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association.
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 Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Urban
Woodruff earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she
is a trustee emerita.