Washington insiders to speak on campus

April 02, 2012

McDaniel College hosts a “Conversation with Washington Insiders” at 2:30 p.m. April 15, featuring a discussion with Washington, D.C., journalists and husband and wife, Al Hunt of Bloomberg News and Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour.”

Dr. Roger Casey, president of McDaniel, moderates the hour-long event, which is free and open to the public. Questions and answers also will be solicited from the audience.

Al Hunt is executive editor of Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. He was formerly a congressional and national political reporter, bureau chief and executive Washington editor for The Wall Street Journal for 35 years. He has served as a panelist on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and PBS’ “Washington in Review,” as well as political analyst on CBS Morning News, and a panelist on CNN’s “The Capital Gang” and “Novak, Hunt & Shields.”

In 1999, he received the William Allen White Foundation’s national citation, one of the highest honors in journalism, and in 1995, he and his wife, Judy Woodruff, received the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism from the University of South Dakota. He received the Raymond Clapper Award for Washington reporting in 1976. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wake Forest University, where he is on the board of trustees. He is also on the board of the Children’s Charities in Washington, and advisory board of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communications.

Judy Woodruff has covered politics and other news as a television journalist at CNN, NBC, and PBS for more than three decades. She served as co-anchor of “PBS NewsHour,” chief Washington correspondent for PBS’ “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” and anchored the award-winning weekly documentary series, “Frontline with Judy Woodruff.” She was an anchor and senior correspondent for CNN for 12 years, anchoring the weekday political program, “Inside Politics.”

At NBC News, Woodruff served as White House correspondent from 1977-1982 and for one year after was NBC’s “Today Show” chief Washington correspondent. A founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation, she serves on the boards of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, and the Urban Institute. She is also a member of The Knight Foundation, Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and the board of the National Museum of American History. Woodruff is a graduate of Duke University, of which she is a trustee emerita.