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Judy Woodruff, the Woman of the Hour

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Via The New York Times

It had already been a long day, but Judy Woodruff wasn’t in the mood to slow down.

Ms. Woodruff, the anchor of “PBS NewsHour,” was seated under the chandeliers in a ballroom at the State Department on April 27, attending an event celebrating powerful women. Chilean sea bass and compulsive networking were on the menu.

One table over sat Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and Dina Powell, a senior counselor to President Trump and a deputy national security adviser for strategy. At Ms. Woodruff’s table was the rare person she hadn’t seen before: Julie Radford, Ivanka Trump’s new chief of staff.

The sea bass would have to wait.

“It’s an opportunity to get to know them,” Ms. Woodruff said of the women nearby. “And then I can ask questions.”…

…Ms. Woodruff is keeping pace with the news demands, but she was not supposed to lead “NewsHour” alone. She was part of a milestone moment for women in journalism when she and Gwen Ifill — a trailblazer for black journalists — were named co-anchors in 2013, making it the first network broadcast to be anchored by two women.

Ms. Ifill’s death from cancer last November, six days after the election, stunned even the people closest to her. After covering the aftermath of the election and grappling with the loss of Ms. Ifill, Ms. Woodruff and “NewsHour” producers recently began a cautious search for another co-anchor.

Until then, Ms. Woodruff is at the helm on her own, and the news isn’t stopping.

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