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Broadcast Journalist Judy Woodruff to Speak at Maverick Lecture

Thursday, October 31, 2019
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PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor to discuss “Inside Politics”

by Carla Sierra

The Maverick Lecture Series at Trinity University celebrates its 11-year anniversary by featuring anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, who will speak on the topic of “Inside Politics” on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in Trinity’s Laurie Auditorium. The Maverick Lecture is underwritten by the William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation and it continues to be free and open to the public.  

Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC, and PBS. In 2013 PBS announced Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill as co-anchors of the PBS NewsHour in 2013, marking the first time an American network broadcast would be co-anchored by two women. In April 2017, Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication awarded Woodruff and Ifill with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, where her duties included anchoring the weekday program Inside Politics. She was the chief Washington correspondent at PBS for The McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour from 1983 to 1993, and she anchored the award-winning weekly documentary series Frontline with Judy Woodruff from 1984 to 1990. 

While at NBC News, Woodruff was the White House correspondent from 1972 to 1982, and for a year following that, she was the chief Washington correspondent for NBC’s Today Show. She also wrote the book This is Judy Woodruff at the White House, published in 1982. Woodruff is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita. She is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide. 

The Maverick Lecture is dedicated to the memory of Maury Maverick Jr., a San Antonio native. A Texas icon, Maverick was a Marine, legislator, civil rights lawyer, and journalist. This series focuses on the issues Maverick considered important to our state. 

The lecture is free to the public, however, seating is limited. For more information call 210-999-8404 or email at rsvp [at]

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Carla Sierra is the public relations manager in Trinity's Strategic Communications and Marketing Department. She can be reached at csierra [at]