Arizona Financial Theatre | Phoenix, Arizona
Another informative event will be brought to you by the Arizona Speaker Series this February, as the veteran broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff takes part in the highly-anticipated annual event. With an emphasis on discussing the power of journalism, Woodruff will share her perspective on the pressing issues in our society this February 29 at the Arizona Federal Theatre. Don't miss the chance to witness the Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient take center stage to inspire audience members, delivering a fruitful talk about the importance of providing balanced and unfiltered journalism. Regardless of your profession, immersing yourself in the expert talk of one of the multi-awarded journalists of our time will surely leave an indelible mark on your learning. Like the rest of the speakers in the Arizona Speaker Series, Woodruff's decades of experience will inspire and challenge you. Tickets are now on sale, and you can reserve yours here by clicking the "Get Tickets" link.
Judy Woodruff is a veteran broadcaster whose works span 6 decades. She has covered historic events in America, from seven presidential elections to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. She is celebrated as among the leading women in journalism today. She is among the journalists who delve deeply and analyze American politics and create media that is digestible to T.V. viewers not only from the U.S. but also around the world.
Woodruff was supposed to pursue a degree in Mathematics, but she decided to enroll in Politics. During her senior year, she found work at WQXI-TV, an ABC affiliate. She was a secretary for the journalism department, which led to her first exposure on T.V. as a weather forecaster on Sundays at the first station she worked in. She then transferred to NBC, wherein she became the assigned reporter in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1976, she became an election correspondent for Jimmy Carter's campaign. When Carter won, she was moved to Washington D.C., and became a White House correspondent. She would stay as the NBC reporter in the White House well into Ronald Reagan's presidency. In 1983, Woodruff decided to work at PBS, remaining as Chief White House correspondent for the PBS News Hour. From 1984 to 1990, she became the host of Frontline with Judy Woodruff. In 1988, she moderated the vice-presidential debates between Senators Dan Quayle (R-IN) and Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX).
In 1993, Woodruff left PBS for CNN. Her first job was as the anchor of the show Inside Politics and The World Today. Her stint at CNN grew into her becoming the anchor of the election coverage of the news channel. During the late 90s up until the early 2000s, she covered the 1995 World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China, President Richard Nixon's funeral, 9/11, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and the Iraq War. She then moderated primary presidential debates of Republicans and Democrats.
After her contract ended at CNN, she decided to go back to PBS. By 2007, she started to fill in as an anchor for NewsHour, and two years later, she became one of the dual-anchor formats of the program with Jim Lehrer. In 2013, she was joined by Gen Ifill and co-anchored the program up until 2016. The partnership became the first time two women were anchors of a national news program in U.S. history. When Ifill passed away, the program left the spot unfilled. Woodruff became a solo anchor up until 2022, when she decided to step down. She currently hosts the PBS documentary show America at a Crossroad.
Judy Woodruff will be a keynote speaker of the Arizona Speaker Series at the Arizona Federal Theatre on February 29, 2024. Tickets are now available for this event!