Woodruff, whose journalism career has spanned five decades, is leaving the role in order to work on a “new project” where she will talk to the public across the country during “the most divided time in American politics since I started reporting.”
“I have loved anchoring this extraordinary program, initially with my dear friend Gwen Ifill. To follow in the footsteps of Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil has been the honor of a lifetime,” she said.
“I want to listen to the American people themselves, in cities, small towns and rural areas, from one end of the country to the other, to ask them about their hopes and fears, how they see their role as citizens, and to have long conversations with people who’ve given these questions careful thought,” she remarked of her new project.
The project will take two years, according to PBS NewsHour. The national reporting project is Judy Woodruff Presents: America at a Crossroads.
According to a press release, the project will explore the divisions in politics and their origins. The project will finish at the end of 2024, soon after the presidential election.
The series will see her reporting regularly for PBS, even hosting some prime-time specials.
“Judy is an exceptional journalist, whose impartial reporting and integrity continue to set the standard for excellence. Judy is a trusted voice when trust is so very important, and we are thrilled that she will continue to serve audiences on PBS,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger.
Her last day as a PBS NewsHour anchor will be Dec. 30.