"PBS NewsHour" Names Judy Woodruff Solo Anchor, Expands Bench of Correspondents with Hire of Amna Nawaz and Nick Schifrin
PBS NewsHour has named managing editor Judy Woodruff solo anchor of the nightly broadcast. Woodruff, who re-joined NewsHour in 2007 as a senior correspondent, was named one of NewsHour's rotating anchors in 2011, and in 2013, she and the late Gwen Ifill were named co-anchors and managing editors of the program, the first time in history two women were the co-anchor team for a national nightly news broadcast. The announcement follows a months-long re-imagination of the NewsHour anchor desk, supported by an expanded bench of general and topical correspondents, including the new hires of Amna Nawaz and Nick Schifrin. Nawaz will substitute at the anchor desk and will cover a wide range of topics. Later this spring, following her April 2 start date, she will also launch a podcast and digital video version of NewsHour’s popular “5 Stories You Missed” series. Schifrin, who has spent the last two and a half years creating weeklong series for NewsHour from Russia, Eastern Europe, Kenya, Nigeria, and other countries as a special correspondent, will report from Washington, D.C., and overseas, as NewsHour’s new foreign affairs and defense correspondent, and will begin later this spring.