Judy Woodruff to Win Gaylord Prize

By Betsy Rothstein Comment

Tulsa-born Judy Woodruff, veteran broadcast journalist and anchor for the PBS NewsHour, will win the University of Oklahoma’s 2012 Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Uh oh Gwen Ifill, don’t get jealous.

Criteria for winning was rough: Be intelligent and be from Oklahoma. “Judy Woodruff is passionate about serious journalism and knows as much about American politics and American government as any reporter in the business. On top of that, she is a native Oklahoman,” said Gaylord College Dean Joe Foote.

In a release, which notes that Woodruff will co-host convention coverage alongside Ifill, the university calls Woodruff “a pioneer for women in the media.” Her career spans more than 40 years covering politics and serving as Washington correspondent for NBC, CNN and PBS. Woodruff is a senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. She also hosts a monthly show, “Conversations with Judy Woodruff,” for Bloomberg TV.

Congratulations to Woodruff!