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PBS’ Judy Woodruff plans to step down as ‘NewsHour’ anchor

May 15, 2022, 12:45 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 11:00 am
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Judy Woodruff hosts the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative 5th Anniver...
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Judy Woodruff hosts the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative 5th Anniversary, LIVE from New York Public Library on October 19, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Aurora Humanitarian Prize)
(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Aurora Humanitarian Prize)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Judy Woodruff says she’ll be stepping down as anchor of PBS’ nightly “NewsHour” program at the end of the year.

Woodruff, 75, said she will report longer pieces for “NewsHour” and do other projects and specials for public television, at least through the 2024 presidential election.

She was part of the “NewsHour” rotating anchor team from 2009 until 2013 when she and Gwen Ifill were named co-anchors of the program. Since Ifill’s death in 2016, Woodruff has been the show’s sole anchor.

“I love working at the PBS ‘NewsHour’ and can’t imagine it not being a part of my life,” Woodruff said in a memo to fellow staff members. She was chief Washington correspondent at “NewsHour” from 1983 to 1993 and has also worked at CNN and NBC News.

Plans for her replacement will be announced in the fall, a PBS spokesperson said Saturday.

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PBS’ Judy Woodruff plans to step down as ‘NewsHour’ anchor