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Congratulations Judy Woodruff!

April 14, 2017

The Poynter Institute will honor PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff with its 2017 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.   To say this is most deserving is an understatement.   Over the decades she has reported the news and made the world more understandable.

The Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement recognizes the outstanding career of a journalist whose work has made a lasting impact serving citizens in our democracy.  Tom Brokaw, who helmed NBC Nightly News for more than two decades, was honored with the second award last year at the Bowtie Ball, Poynter’s annual awards gala.  The inaugural recipient of the award was Bob Schieffer, the longtime host of Face The Nation.  It is clear this award is a huge achievement.

Woodruff was among the first women to cover the White House for a national TV news network; she served as senior White House correspondent for NBC News from 1977 to 1982.  When President Ronald Reagan was shot, Woodruff was the first on the air with the news.  She later spent 12 years at CNN, anchoring the weekday Inside Politics program. When she and Gwen Ifill became co-anchors of PBS NewsHour in 2013, it was the first pairing of female co-anchors on a network news broadcast.

Over and over Woodruff has been one of those essentials in this nation which worked to convey news and insight for America.  I am very pleased she will receive this high honor.

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