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Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff is an American journalist who works as both anchor and managing editor of the ‘PBS NewsHour television news show. Judy Woodruff has also appeared on several other news channels including CNN and NBC News. Likewise, she is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation.

Early Life

Judy Woodruff’s age is 77 years old at present. She was born on November 20, 1946, in her birthplace, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Her birth name is Judith Carline Woodruff. Whereas, she was born to William H. Woodruff (father) and Anna Lee Woodruff (mother).

She was raised with a sister named Anita. Likewise, she belongs to an American nationality. Whereas, the information regarding her ethnicity is still unavailable.

Judy Woodruff mother

Caption: Old picture of Judy’s mother Anna Lee Woodruff, Source: tulsaworld


Talking about his educational career, she graduated from Richmond County Academy and went on to study at Meredith College. She then moved to Duke University where she received a political science degree.

Personal Life

Regarding Judy’s personal life, she is a married woman. She married her longtime boyfriend Al Hunt. Al Hunt is an executive editor of Bloomberg News. The couple tied the knot in the year 1980.

Additionally, the couple is blessed with three kids: Jeffrey, Benjamin, and Lauren. She gave birth to Jeffrey about five hours after being on air.

Jeffrey was born with a severe case of spina bifida and became impaired and brain-damaged following surgery in 1998, which prompted her to reduce their workload at CNN.

Judy Woodruff husband

Caption: Judy with her husband Al Hunt, Source: married wiki

Professional Life

Judy is mostly known for The 38th Republican National Convention (2004), Inside Politics (1992), and Conversations with Judy Woodruff (2007). In the year 1970, she began her journalism career as a reporter for the then-CBS affiliate WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.

She had been appointed by NBC News five years later. There she served from 1977 to 1982 as Chief White House Correspondent.

She also covered ‘The Today Show’ on the channel from 1982 to 1983.

She transferred to PBS after this and started to work as the chief Washington reporter for The MacNeil / Lehrer NewsHour network. Woodruff also presented the channel’s “Frontline with Judy Woodruff” documentary film.

Whereas, She was appointed by CNN in 1993 when she presented the Inside Politics talk show for 12 years. She then came to PBS in 2006 to work on the Generation Next series.

The next year, both the senior reporter and the replacement anchor for PBS The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer worked as the American journalist.

On 6 August 2013, she and Gwen Ifill were appointed by the PBS network as co-anchors and also co-managing reporters of the broadcast PBS NewsHour. 

Judy Woodruff work

Caption: Judy interviewing Vice President Mike Pence, Source: Instagram

More about her career

Therefore, the pair continued to share the duties of anchoring until the death of Ifill in November 2016 and after that, she started to serve as the show’s sole host except for the evening broadcast.

She has also hosted Bloomberg Television’s weekly program titled ‘ Conversations with her since 2006.

Similarly, she has even served on the boards of trustees of several other organizations, including the Urban Institute, The Duke Endowment, the Newseum, and Global Rights.

Likewise, she has also served on the Freedom Forum, the National Museum of American History, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, America’s Promise,  and the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford.

Moreover, she is a former member of the Knight Commission and a current member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Moreover, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received it in May 2005 for her services to journalism.

Also, she and Kathleen Maxa wrote and published a book titled “Judy Woodruff at the White House” in the year 1982.

Net Worth 2024

Talking about her net worth, she has earned a huge amount of income through her professional career as a journalist. Whereas, she has estimated around $10 million of net worth as of 2022. Likewise, her monthly salary is $127,870.

Judy Woodruff – Social Media

Talking about her social media, Judy Woodruff is active in it. She also has a huge fan following on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Whereas, she has more than 38k followers on Facebook and over 7.5k followers on her Instagram account ‘judywoodruffpbs‘ with 61 posts on it.

Additionally, she joined Twitter in June 2009 with more than 182.5k followers.

Judy Woodruff – Body Measurements

Judy Woodruff has maintained her body figure. She has a beautifully slim and fit body. Whereas, it has an average height of around 5 feet 2 inches. But there is no information about the exact body weight. Likewise, she has blonde hair and brown eyes.