PBS this morning named Gwin Ifill and Judy Woodruff — the stars of its most recent presidential election coverage — co-anchors and managing editors of Newshour. It marks the first time two women are co-anchoring the evening newscast on a major US television network, PBS chief Paula Kerger noted at Summer TV Press Tour 2013, then said she “almost” paused in drawing attention to that factoid, because, “we picked the two people that were strongest.” Ifill and Woodruff will anchor the broadcast together Monday through Thursday; Woodruff will solo Fridays while Ifill hosts Washington Week that night. Newshour has had rotating teams of anchors over the past few years; Ifill and Woodruff were in the rotation. PBS will launch a weekend edition of Newshour next month. Hari Sreenivasan will anchor Newshour Weekend, Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 7; he also will serve as senior correspondent for the weekday newscast, reporting several times a week from WNET in New York.
In addition, three Newshour correspondents have been given specific areas of content responsibility and will be contributing on a daily basis to both the broadcast and online operation. Jeffrey Brown was named Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society. Ray Suarez was named Chief National Correspondent. And Margaret Warner was named Chief Foreign Correspondent.