Judy Woodruff and Jared Cohon to Join the Carnegie Corporation Board of Trustees

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Journalist Judy Woodruff, co-anchor of the PBS NewsHour, and civil engineer Jared L. Cohon, Ph.D., President Emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University, have been named to the Carnegie Corporation of New York Board of Trustees.

“We are honored to have Judy Woodruff and Jared Cohon join the Board,” said Thomas H. Kean, Corporation Board Chair and former Governor of New Jersey. “The Corporation’s mission is promoting the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding, and both our new Trustees have distinguished records through their work in the fields of journalism and higher education. We welcome their contributions to Carnegie Corporation’s mission.”

“We especially welcome back Judy Woodruff, who served on our Board with distinction from 1996 to 2003,” Governor Kean said.

“I have known Judy Woodruff since I joined Carnegie Corporation and had the pleasure of working closely with her,” said Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. “She has given of her time and advice freely, and was an exemplary Board member. I’m pleased to welcome her back during this time when communications is at the heart of the institution’s mission.”

“It has been my privilege to know Jared Cohon while he was President of Carnegie Mellon, a sister Carnegie institution. He has been the recipient of a Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award and has also been a leader in the fields of science and technology. I consider it a distinct privilege for us to have him join our Board,” Gregorian said.

Judy Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS, and is currently the co-anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour. For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and Senior Correspondent for CNN. At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the Chief Washington Correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and from 1984-1990, she also anchored the award-winning series Frontline with Judy Woodruff.

At NBC News, Woodruff was White House Correspondent from 1977 to 1982, and then was Today Show Chief Washington Correspondent. She wrote the book This is Judy Woodruff at the White House, published in 1982.

Her honors include the Cine Lifetime Achievement award, a Duke Distinguished Alumni award, the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Television, the University of Southern California Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Al Neuharth/University of South Dakota Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma, among others. In addition, she 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 the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, The Duke Endowment and the Urban Institute.


Jared L. Cohon served as President of Carnegie Mellon University from 1997 to 2013, and is currently University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Engineering and Public Policy. He joined Carnegie Mellon in 1997 after having served as Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973.

As an author, coauthor or editor of more than 80 scientific publications and one book, Cohon is an authority on environmental and water resource systems analysis. He has worked on water resource problems in the United States, South America and Asia, and on energy facility siting, including nuclear waste shipping and storage.

President Bill Clinton appointed Cohon to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board in 1995 and named him Chairman in 1997. He served until 2002. President George W. Bush appointed Cohon to the Homeland Security Advisory Council in 2002 and President Barack Obama reappointed him in 2009.

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