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Judy Woodruff

Judy WoodruffBorn: 20-Nov-1946
Birthplace: Tulsa, OK

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: PBS newscaster

TV newscaster Judy Woodruff got her first taste of the limelight when at age 17 she won a hometown beauty pageant and was crowned Young Miss Augusta 1963. After high school, Woodruff headed off to Duke University, where she earned a degree in political science.

Woodruff started out as the secretary for the news department at Atlanta ABC affiliate WQKI-TV. In 1970 she got her first reporter job at Atlanta CBS affiliate WAGA-TV, and was assigned to the state capitol beat. Then she jumped ship to NBC and was transferred to Washington, D.C., where she covered the White House from 1977-82. Then there was a short stint at the Today show, before Woodruff was hired by the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour as their first Washington correspondent. At the same time she hosted the PBS investigative news series Frontline. In 1993 she returned to commercial television when CNN hired her as a news anchor. She also hosts their political analysis show Inside Politics.

Woodruff moderated the 1984 Vice-Presidential debate between Geraldine Ferraro and George H.W. Bush, which is perhaps why she was chosen to referee the 9 October 2003 debate between Democratic contenders for their party's presidential nomination. During that event Woodruff earned the enmity of Howard Dean supporters when she ambushed their man with a press release issued by the John Kerry campaign. "Governor Dean: Before you sit down, I've just been handed a document. I think it came out of the press room that Senator Kerry's staff has been distributing some comments about what was said. Among other things they are saying: that you, Governor Dean, tried to kick Vermont seniors off their prescription drug plan." Even though Dean gamely disposed of the question, it did nothing to soothe outraged Deaniacs. They asserted that the question was nothing less than a dirty trick intended to smear and accused Woodruff of collusion with the Kerry campaign.

Woodruff is married to Wall Street Journal executive Washington editor Al Hunt, a liberal pundit who also appears regularly on the Sunday talk shows. In April 1986, while the couple was eating at a Dallas restaurant with their 4-year-old son, a very pissed-off George W. Bush stormed over to their table and unloaded on Woodruff's husband: "You fucking son of a bitch. I saw what you wrote. We're not going to forget this." (Hunt's transgression was having predicted in the Wall Street Journal that Jack Kemp would win the 1988 Republican nomination instead of Vice President George H.W. Bush.)

Husband: Al Hunt (m. 1980, two sons, one daughter)
Son: Jeffrey Woodruff Hunt (b. 1981 with spina bifida)
Son: Benjamin Hunt (b. circa 1986)
Daughter: Lauren Ann (adopted, b. circa 1988)

    High School: Academy of Richmond County, Augusta, GA
    University: Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
    University: BA Political Science, Duke University (1968)

    Center for Investigative Reporting Advisory Board
    Newseum Trustee
    Freedom Forum Board of Trustees
    March of Dimes National Board of Advisors (2001-)
    National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Board of Directors (former)
    Partnership for Public Service Board of Governors
    Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Steering Committee
    Research!America Board of Directors
    Society for Women's Health Research Honorary Board Member
    Urban Institute Trustee
    Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Duke University chapter
    Beauty Contest Young Miss Augusta (1963)
    Emmy 1997
    Emmy 1975
    Roast: Lesley Stahl (1996)
    Wedding: Alan Greenspan and Andrea Mitchell (1997)
    Roast: Walter Cronkite (1997)
    Roast: Don Imus (1999)
    Roast: Tom Brokaw (2002)
    Roast: Bob Schieffer (2004)
    Roast: Bob Woodruff (2007)

    TELEVISION
    Inside Politics
    Frontline (1984-90)
    PBS NewsHour
    Today Washington Correspondent (1982-83)

Author of books:
"This is Judy Woodruff at the White House" (1982, memoir, with Kathleen Maxa)


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