BGR Annual Luncheon

PBS anchor Judy Woodruff to keynote annual BGR luncheon next month

By Matt Sledge

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

October 17, 2022

Longtime Washington correspondent and PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff will address the Bureau of Governmental Research as the featured speaker at its annual luncheon next month.

Woodruff is set to speak to the group for its 90th-anniversary celebration at noon on Nov. 18 in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, the organization announced. Her address is called “From Where I Sit: Thoughts on the Press, Politics and the Future of Public Discourse.”

BGR has a history of inviting public figures like Maureen Dowd and Michael Lewis to speak at its annual luncheon. This is its first in-person luncheon since the pandemic began. Last year’s virtual event featured Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.

In Woodruff, BGR has tapped one of the most recognizable faces in broadcast journalism. Among other roles, Woodruff has served as the White House correspondent for NBC News from 1977 to 1982, the chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour from 1983 to 1993 and an anchor and correspondent for CNN for 12 years starting in 1993.

More recently she returned to the PBS NewsHour, where she became co-anchor with Gwen Ifill in 2013, and sole anchor after Ifill’s death in 2016.

She is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the member of boards of directors and the winner of numerous awards, including the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism and the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University.

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