Distinguished Journalist Judy Woodruff
to Deliver Smith Commencement Address
Honorary Degrees will be Awarded to Four
at May 16 Ceremony
Editor's note: For a photo of Woodruff, e-mail Marti Hobbes at email@example.com.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Judy Woodruff, CNN anchor and senior correspondent,
will be the speaker at Smith College's 126th commencement ceremony on
Sunday, May 16.
Woodruff and three other accomplished women will receive honorary degrees.
Woodruff, a 30-year veteran of broadcast journalism who joined CNN in
1993, has covered politics and campaigns for most of her career. She
currently anchors "Inside Politics," the nation's first program
devoted exclusively to politics.
In 1988, Woodruff moderated the vice presidential debate and has reported
on every national political convention and presidential campaign since
1976. Before joining CNN, Woodruff was the chief Washington correspondent
for "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour." From 1984 to 1990, she anchored
public television's award-winning weekly documentary series "Frontline
with Judy Woodruff." Before joining "The NewsHour," Woodruff
was chief Washington, D.C., correspondent for NBC "Today." She
also served as the NBC News White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982,
covering both the Carter and Reagan administrations.
Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation,
an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication
industries worldwide. She serves on the boards of trustees of the Freedom
Forum, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Urban Institute, and
is a trustee emerita at Duke University, where she earned her bachelor's
Prior to Woodruff's address, the following
women, each a leader in her field, will receive honorary degrees:
Colwell, former National Science Foundation (NSF) director
. During her six years as head of NSF, Colwell spearheaded
the agency's initiatives in K-12 science and mathematics
education and graduate science and engineering education/training, and
fostered the increased participation of women and minorities in science
and engineering. Colwell is now chairwoman of Canon U.S. Life Sciences,
Thelma Golden, Smith College
Class of 1987, deputy director for exhibitions and programs,
Studio Museum, Harlem. Golden is well known for her groundbreaking
and controversial 1995 exhibit at the Whitney Museum titled "Black
Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art."
Scholar Patricia Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law,
Columbia Law School. Williams published widely in the areas of race,
gender and law and on other issues of legal theory and legal writing.
Her books include "The
Alchemy of Race and Rights"; "The Rooster's Egg"; and "Seeing
a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race." She is a columnist for The Nation
and a 2000 recipient of the MacArthur fellowship.
Commencement will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Quadrangle.
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