Executive Director, Freedom
Forum Media Studies Center
previous Co-founding Editor
of USA Today
Woodhull was president of Nancy Woodhull & Associates, Inc.,
a media research and consulting firm based in Pittsford,
NY. The company worked with media companies in understanding
changing consumer trends and with Fortune 500 companies
in understanding media trends. The company was founded by
Ms. Woodhull. A special emphasis of the company was understanding
the changing woman consumer and woman worker.
was a founding editor of USA Today in 1982 and its first
managing editor of news. After the launch of USA TODAY,
she was named president of Gannett News Service, a national
wire service, and Gannett News Media, a research and development
division of the Gannett Company, which under her direction,
developed USA TODAY Radio and USA TODAY Books.
1990, she joined Southern Progress Corporation, owned by
Time, Inc., as an executive vice president and editor in
chief of five magazines, including Southern Living, where
she directed the redesign of the 2-million circulation magazine.
1992, she started a media research and consulting company
(Nancy Woodhull & Associates, Inc.) focused on helping media
companies understand their changing readers, viewers and
listeners. Her clients have included major media companies
both in the USA and abroad.
was also on the advisory boards of New Directions for News,
a newspaper "think tank" at the University of Missouri,
and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the
University of Maryland. She was vice chair of the International
Women's Media Foundation and president of the board of the
National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Ms.
Woodhull was also a trustee of the Freedom Forum and chair
of the Peabody Board, the "Pulitzer Prize" for radio and
January 1996, she joined the University of Rochester as
a scholar in residence. She directed students in doing several
nationally renown media studies on media's coverage of several
major groups and topics, including crime, religion and Generation
X. The results of these studies have been featured in national
publications and broadcast networks.
was also noted for her community service. She assisted the
Women's Center in Virginia, an organization that offers
counseling and workshops. She also created the center's
Information and Career Advisory Network ( I CAN), a mentoring
association. As past president of the National Women's Hall
of Fame Board of Directors, Woodhull helped raise $100,000
which prevented the Hall of Fame from closing.
April 17, 1997, at the age of 52, Ms. Woodhull died at her
Pittsford, N.Y. home. She is survived by her husband and
their daughter, Tennessee.
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