You can’t get away from politics at today’s PBS panels at TCA. The pubcaster this afternoon connected reporters and critics with the PBS NewsHour co-anchor/managing editor team of Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff via Skype from Philadelphia, where they are covering the final day of the Democratic National Convention.
An expected question from TV journalists in Los Angeles: What does it feel like for two women anchors to be witnessing the nomination of the U.S. first female presidential candidate?
Woodruff called Hillary Clinton’s nomination “one for the ages” but said the historical significance would not alter their coverage. Ifill, who is black, compared it to the Obama’s nomination in 2008. “What I did was I stopped, took a deep breath, appreciated the moment, then I went back to work.” She added that, as journalists, their primary job is always to look for “a great story.”
The pair also cited what they felt were the most powerful moments of both conventions: At the Democratic convention, the strong reaction of Bernie Sanders supporters to Clinton’s nomination, and at the Republican convention last week in Cleveland, the shock in the auditorium when Ted Cruz did not endorse Donald Trump during his speech.
“There was a rumble that rose up from the floor…I’ve never seen a moment like that at a convention,” Woodruff said.