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Brandeis National Committee will honor journalist Judy Woodruff at 75th anniversary

At Brandeis’ 75th Anniversary celebration, broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff will be honored with the Brandeis National Committee’s (BNC) Abram L. Sachar Award, named in honor of Brandeis’s founding president. The BNC, which has existed since the school started in 1948, provides support for the university through fundraising and events. Awarded annually since its establishment in 1967, the BNC’s Abram L. Sachar Award honors “individuals of outstanding achievement in education, or those whose work has increased public awareness on a national or global stage.”


Woodruff has worked in broadcast journalism for over 50 years. She has covered political news and events for a variety of stations. Currently, she is a senior correspondent at PBS, a station that she originally joined in 1982. From 2006 to 2022, Woodruff served as an anchor for “PBS NewsHour.” From 1993 to 2005, she was a co-host of “Inside Politics” at CNN. In addition to her work at these stations, Woodruff is also a co-founder and on the board of directors of the International Women’s Organization, an organization that helps support women and non-binary journalists and members of the media.


Woodruff had a lot to say about this honor. “I am grateful and deeply honored by the decision of the Brandeis National Committee to present me with the Abram L. Sachar Silver Medallion,” Woodruff stated. “In serving as Brandeis’ founding president, Sachar helped launch a university that would become a beacon of excellence for not only the education it provides, but also for the values it embraces, especially its adherence to the pursuit of truth. I am thrilled and looking forward to joining the Brandeis community in October for its 75th anniversary celebration.”


President Ron Liebowitz is glad to see Woodruff accept this honor. Liebowitz declared, “Judy Woodruff’s career as a journalist and volunteer efforts with organizations such as the International Women’s Media Foundation align with our university’s founding ethos. She is committed to public service and to using her public platform to repair the world. Brandeis considers such work honorable and worthy of our recognition.”


Merle Carrus, the BNC’s president, continued these positive sentiments by saying, “Judy Woodruff is the ideal recipient for this award representing the ideals of Brandeis and BNC. She is a person of outstanding achievement and is one of the world’s leading journalists.”

Brandeis’ 75th anniversary celebrations will be held mainly on the anniversary weekend, from Oct. 13-15. Woodruff will accept the Sachar award on Oct. 14, at the “Brandeis at 75: Diamond Celebration” dinner and award ceremony. People who are interested in this event can purchase tickets on the anniversary website, as well as buy tickets for the other events on anniversary weekend.

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