Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff are making history on PBS. They have just been named the co-anchors of the "PBS Newshour." This marks the first time in history that a major network newscast has been anchored by two women.
Ifill and Woodruff will serve as both anchors and managing editors of the PBS broadcast Monday through Thursday each week. Woodruff will anchor solo on Friday while Ifill handles her duties on her other PBS series, "Washington Week."
Hari Sreenivasan, who was previously announced as anchor of the "PBS Newshour Weekend," will also serve as a senior correspondent for the weeknight version of the broadcast. Other correspondents announced include Jeffrey Brown, covering arts, culture and society; Ray Suarez, chief national correspondent; and Margaret Warner as chief foreign correspondent.
Ifill and Woodruff echo the team that originally launched the "Newshour" in 1975. Back then it was called "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report" and it was co-anchored by Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer. MacNeil left the program in 1995 and Lehrer stepped down in 2011.
Woodruff had previously served as the show's chief Washington correspondent for 10 years from 1983 to 1993, then returned to the program in 2007 after a stint at CNN. Ifill has been a correspondent with the "Newshour" since 1999.
The announcement of Ifill and Woodruff as co-anchors is the latest part of a revamp of the PBS news program, with the addition of the weekend edition and new correspondents. The changes are expected to take place in September.