October 11, 2013

Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill

Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill

Thirty years after the inception of the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (now the PBS NewsHour), the nightly news program has two new main anchors and managing editors — Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. Marcia Franklin interviews the two veteran journalists.

Woodruff and Ifill talk about the gridlock in Washington, D.C., what it's like being the first women to co-anchor a national nightly news program, how the NewsHour is keeping up with changes in media delivery despite funding difficulties, their use of social media, and the expansion of the program to seven days a week with the edition of the NewsHour Weekend with Hari Sreenivasan. The two also share their advice for aspiring journalists.

Woodruff, 66, has covered politics for more than three decades for PBS, CNN and NBC. At PBS, she was the chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour from 1983-1993, and from 1984-1990, she anchored that network's documentary series, Frontline with Judy Woodruff. In 2007, she returned to the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as a senior correspondent.

Ifill, 58, was chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, White House correspondent for the New York Times and a reporter for the Washington Post before joining both the NewsHour and Washington Week (for which she is the moderator) in 1999.