Newsroom > News > Press Releases > CJIE honors Judy Woodruff
January 19, 2023 /
Center co-directors Carol Marin and Don Moseley will present the awards at
a luncheon at the Union League Club on April 27.
“Judy Woodruff inspires. She is living proof that journalism is about the
story, not the storyteller,” Marin says. “It’s about the facts which can be
slippery as mercury. It’s about the fairness.”
In her more than 30-year career, Ramirez has established herself as a
newsroom leader. “Sally Ramirez’s impressive career centers on great
journalism and solid storytelling,” says Moseley.
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Journalist Award are 60 Minutes
correspondent Bill Whitaker; Chicago news anchor Ron Magers; Lester Holt of
“NBC Nightly News;” Jane Pauley of “CBS Sunday Morning;” and Dean Baquet of
The New York Times. Previous recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award
are KARE-TV reporter Heidi Wigdahl; Jeremy Gorner of the Chicago Tribune;
Ben Welsh of the Los Angeles Times; Ann Pistone of ABC7 Chicago and Lourdes
Duarte of WGN-TV.
Care in reporting, respect for audience
Woodruff anchored the “PBS NewsHour” for a decade, alongside Gwen Ifill
from 2013 to 2016 and then solo after Ifill’s death. In November, she
announced she’d step down from the role to become a correspondent, focusing
on a new reporting project – “Judy Woodruff Presents: America at a
“What makes her work so magnificent to watch is the precision, the
preparation and the care that she takes in her reporting,” Marin says. “But
maybe even more, it’s the respect she shows her audience in delivering the
Woodruff has been recognized with many prestigious awards throughout her
long career, including the Peabody Journalistic Integrity Award and an Emmy
Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Radcliffe Medal.
She has reported and anchored news broadcasts for NBC, CNN, and NPR, among
other national outlets. She served as White House correspondent for NBC and
wrote a book about her time covering the Reagan administration, “This is
Judy Woodruff at the White House.” In 2007, she produced a documentary on
the views of young Americans, “Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard,” which
aired on PBS along with reported pieces on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” NPR,
USA Today and Yahoo News.
Woodruff is a co-founder of the International Women’s Media Foundation,
which supports women in journalism and communication worldwide.
From intern to EP, journalism centers Ramirez
As a DePaul student, Ramirez interned in the NBC 5 Chicago newsroom. And
years later was named executive producer of the primary newscast at CNBC.
In 2017, when Hurricane Harvey struck Houston and forced KHOU-TV from its
studio, Ramirez and her news team quickly evacuated their station and eight
hours later were back on the air broadcasting essential information to
viewers. “That’s what great newsrooms and great leaders do,” Moseley says.
“My 30-plus year career is built on the journalistic foundation I received
at DePaul,” Ramirez says. “I am proud to represent the university and
humbled to receive this award.”
Ramirez, who grew up in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, served as an
executive news producer at WGN-TV from 1994 to 1997 and as assistant news
director at KGW-TV in Portland, OR, from 2012 to 2016.
The Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence
A longtime investigative reporting and producing team, Marin and Moseley
have mentored DePaul students since 2003, showing them the ropes of
investigative journalism. In 2016, DePaul launched the Center for
Journalism Integrity & Excellence in the College of Communication with
Marin and Moseley as co-directors, providing scores of students with more
opportunities to gain real-world experience. For more information about the