For the first time in network broadcast history, two lovely female journalists will take the reigns as co-anchors on a nightly news program. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, who last covered the RNC and DNC together on PBS, have been named the new co-hosts of the network’s long-running NewsHour. PBS is totally pumped about their decision, but not just because of the historical significance. It’s historical and diverse and hello, they’re way qualified.
“Gwen and Judy have been the heart and soul of NEWSHOUR for years, so it’s wonderful to formalize these new roles and give them an opportunity to provide even more input on the content and direction of the show,” said NewsHour’s executive producer, Linda Winslow.
Ifill has moderated several past presidential debates and has joined forces with Woodruff “on endless panels … discussing women in journalism.”
“I am so pleased to be taking on this new role alongside my colleague and dear friend Judy Woodruff,” said Ifill. “We’ve successfully worked side-by-side for many years covering conventions, elections and countless other news events. We make a great team.”
Woodruff concurred, “Gwen and I love working together and appreciate the trust viewers put in the PBS NewsHour, both on TV and online. Working with Linda and this entire terrific team, we’ll do our best to make sure the next chapter for the NewsHour upholds its reputation for excellence, independence and integrity.”
NewsHour was originally launched in 1975, functioning under a carousel of names that revolved around its long-time hosts, Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil. By 2011, both men had retired from the program, which has gone through several co-anchor changes since then. But PBS is aiming for permanence with Ifill and Woodruff, and you can catch them on NewsHour starting in September.
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