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Judy Woodruff returning to PBS

Longtime ‘NewsHour’ journalist plans to detail ‘Generation Next’
/ Source: The Associated Press

Veteran broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff will return to her one-time home, PBS, for a project examining young people’s views on religion, politics and other issues, including America’s role in the world.

After talking to a cross section of Americans ages 16 to 25, Woodruff will detail her findings in reports on “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer” beginning later this year and in a January 2007 documentary, PBS said Thursday.

Her work is part of a yearlong multimedia project from MacNeil Lehrer Productions that will include Internet elements and has the working title, “Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard.” Principal funding is from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

“Our objective is to create a profile of the next generation, and to provide current decision-makers with better information about them,” Woodruff said in a statement. “We want to help everyone understand the views of young people.”

Production was scheduled to begin this spring, with tentative plans calling for visits to Birmingham, Ala.; Minneapolis; Lincoln, Neb.; Cleveland; and San Francisco, among other cities.

Woodruff worked at PBS from 1983-93 as chief Washington correspondent for “The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour.” Last year, she left CNN after a decade as an anchor and correspondent to pursue other projects but remains a consultant for the cable channel.