Judy Woodruff to step down as ‘PBS NewsHour’ anchor following 2022 midterms

WASHINGTON — Veteran news anchor Judy Woodruff says she will be stepping down as “PBS NewsHour’s” anchor following the 2022 midterms.

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In a memo written to PBS NewsHour staffers obtained by Deadline, Woodruff said she would be transitioning to specials for the Washington D.C. area PBS affiliate WETA-TV.

“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.

“I will continue to anchor through this year’s midterm elections, until the end of 2022. After that, as I’ve planned for a while, I’ll transition to reporting longer pieces, doing projects and specials for WETA, and maintaining a regular presence on the NewsHour, at least through the 2024 presidential election. Bottom line, I’m thrilled to be part of this vibrant, most extraordinary news organization and to help the NewsHour remain that way well into the future,” Woodruff wrote.

Woodruff got her start in national news at NBC in 1975. She later served as chief Washington correspondent in her first role at PBS NewsHour in 1983.

From 2009 until 2013, Woodruff was part of the “NewsHour” rotating anchor team when she and Gwen Ifill were named co-anchors, according to The Associated Press. Following Ifill’s death in 2016, Woodruff has been the show’s sole anchor.

Her replacement has not been announced, according to Variety.

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