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PBS' Judy Woodruff wins Emily Couric Leadership Award

PBS “NewsHour” senior correspondent Judy Woodruff, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, has been named the winner of this year’s Emily Couric Women’s Leadership Award.

Woodruff was honored Tuesday at the Emily Couric Leadership Forum’s annual luncheon.

The award recognizes “a woman of international or national distinction who exemplifies leadership in her profession and in her community,” according to the forum named after the late Democratic state senator from Charlottesville and the award’s first recipient.

At “NewsHour,” where Woodruff formerly served as anchor and managing editor, she and the late Gwen Ifill were the first two women to co-anchor a national news broadcast. Woodruff and Ifill both received Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Woodruff also served as chief Washington correspondent for PBS’ “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” from 1983 to 1993 and anchored “Frontline with Judy Woodruff” from 1984 to 1990.

Before she joined PBS, Woodruff spent 12 years as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN. During her tenure at NBC, she served as White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982 and spent a year as chief Washington correspondent for NBC’s “Today.”

In 2023, she launched “America at a Crossroads,” a two-year reporting project to help viewers understand the political divide in the United States.

During her five decades in news, Woodruff has covered 12 presidential elections. She has received the Peabody Journalistic Integrity Award, the Poynter Medal and the Radcliffe Medal.

“Each year, the Emily Couric Leadership Forum honors a woman leader, who inspires future generations of women leaders through their impactful and empowering work,” the forum said in a statement. “Ms. Woodruff’s incredible work in the field of journalism does just that.”


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