PBS Appoints the First Female Anchor Team

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff are making history in the world of TV News. They’ll co-anchor PBS’ “NewsHour” becoming the first female co-anchor team on a nightly network newscast. The New York Times reports that Ifill and Woodruff will take over the nightly newscast in September, and they’ll also share managing editor responsibilities.

Hari Sreenivasan who was recently announced as the anchor of the “PBS Newshour” will also serve as a senior correspondent for the weeknight version of the broadcast.

The milestone comes seven years after Katie Couric became the first female solo anchor of a network nightly newscast. Ifill’s previous credits include The New York Times, a Washington Correspondent for NBC, the moderator of PBS’s “Washington Week,” and a senior correspondent for “NewsHour” in 1999. Woodruff was the chief Washington correspondent for “NewsHour” in the 1980s, and she also spent dozens of years at CNN before rejoining ‘NewsHour” as the senior correspondent in 2007.

The program was founded by Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil in the 1970s.