Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff Become The First All-Female Co-Anchors Of ‘PBS NewsHour’

August 7, 2013  |  

PBS is beefing up its news programming. PBS NewsHour has just named veteran journalists Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff as co-anchors and co-managing editors of the weeknight broadcast, reports The Washington Post. The move makes them the first all-female duo to anchor a US evening news broadcast. Previously, there were rotating anchors for the show.

The network said Tuesday that the Washington-based Ifill and Woodruff will share anchor duties Mondays through Thursdays. Each Friday, Woodruff will anchor solo as Ifill continues to host Washington Week that evening. 
Also, Hari Sreenivasan will act as senior correspondent of the NewsHour, along with his duties anchoring PBS NewsHour Weekend on Saturdays and Sundays starting Sept 7.

Ifill, of course isn’t new to the program. The “NewsHour” has had rotating teams of anchors over the past few years, including Ifill and Woodruff.

Ifill is a well-respected journalist and political analyst. As you may recall, she moderated the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates. Ifill also penned The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

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