Written on Wednesday December 11, 2013
Judy Woodruff accepted the Gaylord Prize for Journalism Excellence from the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication on November 12, 2012 - just six days after the 2012 Presidential Election. Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States that night, and Judy Woodruff also made history: She and Gwen Ifill became the first women to co-anchor network broadcast coverage of a national presidential election. And, we are proud to say she did it on PBS.
Woodruff was still recovering from the rigors of the election cycle as she met with faculty and supporters before receiving the Gaylord Prize. As she has so many times in her journalism career, Woodruff made history by becoming the first female journalist to be honored with the Gaylord Prize.
Woodruff graciously met with admirers and answered questions about the campaign and election for as long as she could before the ceremony began. Fresh off the grueling election night program, Woodruff was armed with every imaginable statistic and factoid about the election, and impressed everyone with her knowledge of not only the 2012 election, but her appreciation for American political history and the political process.
Her's is a unique perspective, as a political scientist and a journalist. Woodruff majored in political science in college and then used her knowledge effectively in covering politics on the local and national television stages. You can learn a lot about Amerian process on the PBS NewsHour and also by watching this exclusive interview: Judy Woodruff On The Record.
(Pictured at top, left to right: Gaylord College Dean Joe Foote, Judy Woodruff, University of Oklahoma President David Boren.)