Lincoln Presidential Foundation Announces Judy Woodruff as Recipient of the 2023 “With Charity for All Award”


Trailblazing journalist will be honored for her dedication to advancing truth and democracy.

The "With Charity for All" award is inspired by President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address in which he called on citizens to work together to build a future, “with malice toward none; with charity for all.” The inaugural presentation of the award took place in 2017 when the Foundation honored civic leaders Newt and Jo Minow as its first recipients. The Foundation renamed the award in honor of its late Chairman Emeritus, Wayne Whalen, in 2022.

Woodruff will be the second-ever recipient of this award.  The award presentation and celebratory reception will be held in Washington, D.C. on December 11th and will include remarks by Erin Carlson Mast, President & CEO, Lincoln Presidential Foundation; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President & CEO, WETA, Washington, DC; and the honoree, Judy Woodruff

Woodruff is Senior Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, where she previously served as Anchor and Managing Editor for 11 years. In 2023, she launched “America at a Crossroads,” a two-year reporting project to understand America’s political divide. The series debuted with Woodruff interviewing President Biden and has continued with reports from nine states across the country. Her career has spanned five decades, covering politics and 12 presidential elections at NBC, CNN, and PBS. She is also founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting women in communications worldwide. In 2013, she and the late Gwen Ifill were named the first two women to co-anchor a national news broadcast, the PBS NewsHour. In 2022, Judy was honored with an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement in Television News.

“We’re delighted to honor Judy Woodruff for her unwavering dedication to the pursuit of truth, to journalistic excellence, and to the American public throughout her career,” stated Erin Carlson Mast, President & CEO of the Lincoln Presidential Foundation. “Her current project is just the latest example of how her work reflects both the ideas President Lincoln put forth in his second inaugural address and the example of a lifetime of service embodied by our late Chairman Emeritus Wayne Whalen.”

"I am honored to accept the ‘With Charity for All’ award from the Lincoln Presidential Foundation,” stated Judy Woodruff. “It represents the essence of what Abraham Lincoln stood for and how he regarded those deeply opposed to him. In a world often divided, this recognition serves as a reminder of the importance of building bridges to understanding and a brighter future for all.”

About the Lincoln Presidential Foundation
Established in 2000, the Lincoln Presidential Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity headquartered in Illinois. It is the only national foundation focused on increasing access to history, educational programs, exhibits, and sites highlighting the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The Foundation does its work in cooperation and partnership with others locally, nationally, and globally. Its vision is a world where freedom and democracy flourish, inspired by the life and work of Abraham Lincoln. Learn more at

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