Congratulations to Trustees Barber and Woodruff

On behalf of the board of trustees, board chair Janet Robinson, vice chairman Edward P. Djerejian, outgoing chairman Governor Thomas H. Kean, and the entire staff of Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Corporation extends its enthusiastic congratulations to trustees Lionel Barber and Judy Woodruff for their recent accomplishments as outstanding leaders and journalists. 

In London, the trustees of the Tate galleries have namedFinancial Times editor Barber as the new board chair, an unpaid position that is considered among the most prestigious appointment in the arts. Barber has been acting chair of the public art institutions since August 2017 and has served as a trustee for seven years.

Financial Times editor Lionel Barber (holding award) at the “Oscars” for the United Kingdom’s national newspapers and media on March 13, 2018.
Financial Times editor Lionel Barber (holding award) at the “Oscars” for the United Kingdom’s national newspapers and media on March 13, 2018.

In addition, the United Kingdom’s Society of Editors recently named the Financial Times “Newspaper of the Year” during its annual National Press Awards. The judges noted “an outstanding year” and described the newspaper as an “authoritative and global must-read.”  The Financial Times, which Barber has run since 2005, won a total of four prizes, including “News Team of the Year” for its Europopulism series.

PBS NewsHour named Woodruff solo anchor of public television’s flagship newscast in March. In 2013, she and the late Gwen Ifill were named co-anchors and managing editors of the program—the first time two women were teamed for a national, nightly news broadcast. According to NewsHour, Woodruff’s leadership has contributed to a significant increase in audience across all platforms, including an average audience of 1.9 million viewers per night.

“We are immensely proud of all that Judy and Lionel have accomplished, in addition to the time and expertise that they have contributed in their roles as trustees of the Corporation and stewards of Andrew Carnegie’s mission of doing real and permanent good in this world,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “Both bring important leadership skills and the utmost integrity to their professional and volunteer work. It is a privilege to have them serve on the Corporation’s board of trustees and a delight to see their work acknowledged with continued success.”

PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff on the set of the public television’s nightly newscast
PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff on the set of the public television’s nightly newscast

Woodruff first served on the Corporation’s board from 1996 to 2003, and returned in 2013. In addition to PBS, she has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at CNN, Bloomberg Television, and NBC. She is the recent recipient of the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, and the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism/Television, among other honors.

Barber joined the Corporation’s board in 2014. At the Financial Times, he rose through the ranks during a stellar reporting career, and his association with the newspaper spans more than 30 years. Previously, Barber was the U.S. managing editor of the paper, as well as editor of the continental European edition. He has co-written several books and has lectured on issues such as foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and monetary policy.