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08.06.13

Women Take Helm of ‘NewsHour’

First time network broadcast has female co-anchors.

When Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff take over PBS’s NewsHour in September, it will be the first time a network broadcast has had a female co-anchor team, according to PBS. In the 1970s, Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the nightly newscast, which they co-anchored together until 1995. Ifill, a newspaper and broadcast vet, and Woodruff, a longtime NewsHour correspondent, covered the 2012 presidential election together. “I’m very keen about the fact that a little girl now, watching the news, when they see me and Judy sitting side by side, it will occur to them that that’s perfectly normal,” Ifill says. “That it won’t seem like any big breakthrough at all.”