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Judy Woodruff to speak at Brevard College Sept. 19

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Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor, PBS NewsHour will be the fall 2019 J.R. McDowell Speaker, sponsored by the Transylvania County Library Foundation in partnership with Brevard College.


Her talk, “Inside Politics” will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College. General admission tickets for the event are $10. Ticket sales begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Transylvania County Library, cash or check only.
Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS.
In April of 2017, Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication announced it would be honoring Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill with the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. When Woodruff and Ifill were announced as co-anchors of the PBS NewsHour in 2013, it marked the first time that an American network broadcast would be co-anchored by two women.
For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, where her duties included anchoring the weekday program, Inside Politics. At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. From 1984-1990, she also anchored PBS' award winning weekly documentary series, Frontline with Judy Woodruff.
Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide. Woodruff is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita. She is the recent recipient of the Cine Lifetime Achievement Award, a Duke Distinguished Alumni Award, the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism/Television, and the University of Southern California Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, among others.
This annual speaker series, named for Transylvania County Library Foundation Board member emeritus J. R. McDowell, is designed to present a wide array of viewpoints on challenging and thought-provoking topics. Since 1944, the Transylvania County Library Foundation has worked to improve public library services to the citizens of Transylvania County.