Lisa Titus, Montana PBS, 406-994-6221
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269
April 22, 2011
Noted PBS journalist Judy Woodruff to give presentation at MSU Billings next week
MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Veteran broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, who has covered some major world and political events in the past 30 years, will be at Montana State University Billings next week for a conversation on current events and their implications.
The presentation, free and open to the public, is Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at Petro Theatre on the MSU Billings main campus, 1500 University Drive. The event is sponsored by Joseph S. Sample and is being coordinated by Montana PBS.
Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS. After returning to the NewsHour program on PBS in in 2007 as a senior correspondent, she now regularly co-anchors the redesigned PBS NewsHour.
For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, anchoring the weekday political program, “Inside Politics.” She also played a central role in the network's political coverage and other major news stories.
At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.” From 1984-1990, she also anchored the PBS award-winning weekly documentary series, “Frontline with Judy Woodruff.”
In 2007, Woodruff completed an extensive project on the views of young Americans called “Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard.” Two hour-long documentaries aired on PBS in January and September, 2007, along with a series of reports on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” NPR, Yahoo, and in USA Today.
In addition, she anchors a monthly program for Bloomberg Television, “Conversations with Judy Woodruff.” Through fall 2006, she was a visiting professor at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, teaching a weekly seminar course on media and politics. In the fall of 2005, she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, where she led a study group for students on contemporary issues in journalism.
At NBC News, Woodruff served as White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982. For one year after that she served as NBC's Today Show chief Washington correspondent. She wrote the book, “This is Judy Woodruff at the White House,” published in 1982.
Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide. She serves on the boards of trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, and the Urban Institute. She also serves as a member of The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and the board of the National Museum of American History.
Her presentation in Billings is made possible with the support of Joseph S. Sample, a longtime devotee of public radio and public broadcasting. Programming from Yellowstone Public Radio at MSU Billings is broadcast from studios that bear his name.
For more information on Woodruff’s talk, contact Montana PBS at 866-832-0829.