Skip to comments.'Inside Politics' Anchor Woodruff Leaving CNN (CNN's boss rethinking how to cover politics)
Posted on 04/29/2005 2:49:53 PM PDT by neverdem
Filed at 6:29 p.m. ET
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - CNN correspondent Judy Woodruff will leave the network and daily journalism when her contract expires in June.
Woodruff has worked at the network's Washington bureau for 12 years and hosts the weekday afternoon ``Inside Politics.'' Woodruff said she will work on several long-form projects, as well as teach and write. She'll also appear occasionally on CNN.
``I am exploring/discussing several long-form television projects,'' Woodruff said Thursday afternoon. ``Nothing I can announce yet. But I'm very excited about what is possible.''
CNN President Jon Klein said Thursday that the network had offered Woodruff a new contract and several ``meaningful'' roles but that she decided against re-upping full-time.
``Judy just decided that 30 years was plenty for day-to-day journalism,'' Klein said.
Klein praised Woodruff and said that he was glad she wasn't going to leave CNN completely.
``She is in the top tier of political journalists,'' he said.
It isn't clear what will happen to ``Inside Politics'' after Woodruff leaves. CNN has made no secret of the fact that it wants to alter the way politics is covered; with the departure of Tucker Carlson late last year, Klein said he was considering canceling ``Crossfire,'' which airs after ``Inside Politics'' weekday afternoons.
``It's all part of our fundamental rethink of how we cover politics today,'' Klein said. Ideas range from continuing its current level to completing overhauling the political-coverage schedule, although Klein stressed that CNN wasn't going to reduce its coverage of politics in any event.
Klein promised decisions soon.
Woodruff praised the staff of ``Inside Politics.''
``I've been blessed to have worked with an incredible team of talented people who know politics inside out,'' she said. ``And I'm so proud of what we've done together on 'Inside Politics' over the past 12 years.''
At CNN as well as PBS and NBC earlier in her career, Woodruff has covered politics and has covered every political campaign since 1976. In 1988, she moderated the famous debate between vice presidential candidates Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bentsen.
She joined CNN in 1993, after a career at PBS that included the position of chief Washington correspondent for ``The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.'' She was the host of ``Frontline'' from 1984 to 1990.
Woodruff also covered the White House for NBC between 1977 and 1982, as well as working as Washington correspondent for ``Today'' and as a general assignment reporter based in Atlanta, where she joined NBC News in 1975.
You mean that OLD CRONE is finally leaving, God does hear and answer our prayers!!! First Danny and Now The Old Crone Woodruff!!
"Fair & Balanced", perhaps??
Is she too conservative for CNN?
Send her back to "The News Hour" on PBS.
judy woofwoof couldn't pull ratings to beat Weather Channel reruns.
Duh. Just copy Fox News. It ain't rocket science.
Yeah, yeah, yeah... I've heard this dozens of times before from CNN management at each plunge south in their ratings.
The idea of honest reporting has never occured to these deceitful losers.
The break-up of the socialist/liberal news rooms is wonderful. I think the liberals of America have just about given up hope on winning anymore elections. Rats off the ship would be the Rathers/Woodruffs/Jennings/Brokaw...bye.
Also, women and age don't mix that well in entertainment.
How does this sound, Jon? Do it honestly, and the audience will come.
But, I appreciate this posting. How else would we know what is going on at the place.
I believe CNN set the standard for all scumbags when they hired Paul Begala as a "journalist." Judy, of course, fit right in with that level of "professialism."
The babes on Weather Channel are hotter anyway.
Lets see now. What are the options here? Telling the truth? Nope! That definitely will not do. Ummm... Anyone out there have any ideas?
Maybe her thighs ran out of cellulite that could be sucked into her lips and face.
'Twas the neck that did 'er in. The botox gave the face that bloated corpse-like look, but the neck still resembled the trunk of a gnarled oak tree!. Aint no room on TV for older women.
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