Judy Woodruff to Receive Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award

By Chris Ariens 

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The Poynter Institute will honor PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff with its 2017 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by Poynter, which from the day it opened its doors has been dedicated to nourishing excellent journalism as the foundation of our democracy,” Woodruff said in a statement. “Its mission of educating journalists at every stage of their careers has never been more important than it is now.”

This is the third year The Poynter Medal has been presented: CBS’s Bob Schieffer won the inagural award, while NBC’s Tom Brokaw was honored last year.

“Judy is an award-winning journalist who blazed a trail for other women, covering national politics and the White House for NBC News in the 1970s and 1980s,” said Tim Franklin, Poynter’s president. “She’s done it all, covering huge stories, moderating presidential debates, hosting a daily program on CNN and anchoring the NewsHour with distinction.”

Woodruff will be honored at an event in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Nov. 4.