Judy Woodruff Part I( on son's illness) by Mitch E. Perry

10/19/06

Judy Woodruff has one of most success female broadcast journalists in the country.

Although she left CNN a year ago, she is still very active in the business –working in television back on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and doing reports with NPR on young people and their views – such a report aired today on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Woodruff is married to former Wall Street Journal and now Bloomberg Media columnist Al Hunt. In 1981, they had their first child, Jeffery, who was diagnosed with spina bifada – a disease that they had never heard of. Jeffery had an incompletely formed spinal cord that was open to the outside of his back. Successful surgery closed the opening when he was just 15 months old, and he grew up with what was considered a mild case…

Judy Woodruff is a member now of the Spina Bifida Association of America. In the first of a 2 part interview, she spoke with WMNF today about dealing with a child with Spina Bifada (roll tape#1 o.q.� of folic acid�)

That’s longtime television anchor woman and reporter Judy Woodruff, speaking about dealing with the birth defect Spina Bifada…Please tune into the Evening News tomorrow night , as Woodruff will talk about working in the sometimes banal world of cable news, and about Katie Couric’s ascension at CBS News.

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