CFOG honored Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour with Walter Cronkite Freedom of Information Award

“I want to thank you, the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, Connecticut Public, for the work you do, day in and day out, to strengthen and celebrate the values of open information and records, of honesty, of transparency, of sunshine, and of accountability. Our democracy depends on it, the world depends on it. We are stronger because we air our differences in public. May we never take our First Amendment freedoms for granted.”

–Judy Woodruff


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The Connecticut Foundation for Open Government is excited to announce that Judy Woodruff, the highly respected managing editor and anchor of PBS NewsHour, was honored with CFOG’s Walter Cronkite Award in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to government transparency and an informed citizenry.

At an April 7 ceremony at the Mark Twain House and Museum, Woodruff became the seventh person to receive the prestigious award. The Walter Cronkite Award is named in honor of its first recipient, and other past awardees include journalist Bob Woodward, First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams, and the late Jim Lehrer, who had also occupied the NewsHour anchor chair. Here’s a link to the remarks of her speech.

Text to Judy Woodruff’s Speech

Text to Colleen M. Murphy’s Speech