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Judy Woodruff: Acclaimed PBS NewsHour Anchor Discusses Her Life, Career & Role of Journalism


This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date April 6, 2021); no calls will be taken.

Judy Woodruff, the PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor, joins us to discuss her career, how her team puts together PBS NewsHour, and how journalism is changing in the face of the pandemic, #metoo and Black Lives Matter.


Judy Woodruff, pioneering broadcast journalist; managing editor, anchor, PBS NewsHour


Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.
Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.