CNN's Woodruff is Intl Matrix award recipient

MUMBAI: Veteran journalist and CNN anchor Judy Woodruff has received the 2003 International Matrix Award.

The citation was given by US organisation The Association for Women in Communications (AWC). Each year, the AWC presents this award to a communications professional for achieving the highest level of professional excellence.

An official release informs that Woodruff joined CNN in 1993. She anchors Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics. This claims to be America's first programme devoted exclusively to politics. In addition to her daily reporting duties, Woodruff reports on breaking political news stories and co-anchors CNN's special coverage of political events such as debates and major presidential speeches. She has reported on every national political convention and presidential campaign since 1976, adds the release.

Earlier this year in February, Woodruff was inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame. The following month, the Radio-Television News Directors Association and Foundation honoured her with the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award. Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation. This organisation is dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide, the release informs.

Founded in 1909, the AWC is a non profit organisation of more than 7,500 members. It recognises excellence, promotes leadership and does its best to position its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. The association claims membership in more than 100 professional and student chapters around the world and a strong network of independent members.

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