KVUE-TV ABC Austin
In 1981, shortly after Judy earned her journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin, she was hired to work as an entry-level reporter at KVUE-TV. She quickly moved up the ladder. In 1985, she was promoted to the news desk as a weekend anchor and just one year later was given the coveted job of weeknight co-anchor. Among Judy’s KVUE highlights were her live-on-location coverage during national political conventions, as well as reporting from the inaugurations of President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C.
Judy left KVUE-TV for KEYE-TV (CBS Austin) in 2003, joining the team as managing news editor and co-anchor of its 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. During her tenure at CBS Austin, she produced in-depth news specials on everything from politics to mental health to celebrity interviews.
Upon retiring from KEYE, Judy embarked on a new path as a documentarian. In 2015, she produced, wrote and co-directed 10-Won, which focused on Austin’s process of scrapping an at-large voting system some called racist in favor of single-member districts. Implementing it changed everything, and 10-Won was there to capture the process.
KLRU-TV PBS Austin
Judy joined KLRU-TV (Austin PBS) in 2016 and significantly bolstered its news division. One highlight of her tenure at the PBS affiliate was hosting Civic Summit: ATX Together, a special town hall. Several hundred people from all walks of life came together to talk about police violence and racial reckoning. Judy co-hosted the vital discussion with her former co-anchor Ron Oliveira and community activist/attorney Vincent Harding. In 2020, ATX Together became a weekly news program on Austin PBS with Judy leading diverse panels featuring local leaders on timely issues such as homelessness, healthcare inequities and education disparities. Check out the complete series here.
While at Austin PBS, Judy launched Decibel, a monthly news and public affairs program she produced and hosted for five years. Decibel amplified stories and issues important to Austin by listening to the community and encouraging dynamic discussions. It took an in-depth look at the stories that impact Austin and welcomed engagement from everyone. Check out more episodes in the series here.