Woodruff To Receive Gaylord Prize

The University of Oklahoma announced that journalist Judy Woodruff will receive the coveted Gaylord Prize in November. Below is the press release with the details.

(PRESS RELEASE) Tulsa-born Judy Woodruff, veteran broadcast journalist and anchor for the “PBS NewsHour,” will be honored with the University of Oklahoma’s 2012 Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Woodruff is a pioneer for women in the media. Her career spans more than 40 years covering politics and serving as Washington correspondent for NBC, CNN and PBS. Woodruff is now a regular co-anchor and senior correspondent for the PBS “NewsHour.” In addition, she hosts a monthly show, “Conversations with Judy Woodruff,” for Bloomberg Television.

“Judy Woodruff is passionate about serious journalism and knows as much about American politics and American government as any reporter in the business. On top of that, she is a native Oklahoman,” said Gaylord College Dean Joe Foote.

In the upcoming presidential elections, Woodruff will co-anchor with Gwen Ifill the convention coverage including daily debriefings live on the “NewsHour” website each morning. This will mark the return of the dual-anchor format established on PBS with Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, and will be the first time that a broadcast news channel’s election coverage is anchored by two women.

“Judy is a great role model for our students,” said Foote. “She has rock-solid integrity and has always operated within the highest standards of journalism.”

Woodruff has also produced several documentaries for PBS including “Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime” and “Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard” as well as published a memoir, “This is Judy Woodruff at the White House.”

Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation and serves on the board of the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism, the Freedom Forum, the Newseum and the Urban Institute. Woodruff is a graduate of Duke University.

Woodruff will accept the Gaylord Prize at a luncheon on Nov. 12 in Oklahoma City. Location and time of event are pending.

 About the Gaylord Prize and the Gaylord College

The Gaylord Prize honors a nationally recognized journalism and mass communication professional. The nominated prize recipient is well known for a lengthy and distinguished career symbolized by high standards of excellence and immeasurable talent. The Prize is awarded by the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and is made possible by an endowment established by the Edward L. Gaylord family.

The Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma is the fourth largest academic unit on the Norman campus with nearly 1,300 students. The program bestows on students a bachelor of art degree in journalism with majors in advertising, broadcasting and electronic media, journalism, professional writing and public relations. The college also offers master of art, master of professional writing and doctoral degrees.

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