Theater critic Virginia Woodruff dies

Was correspondent, columnist in New York

Broadcast journalist, theater critic and writer Virginia Woodruff died in New York City of natural causes on May 12. She was 84.

Woodruff worked as a news correspondent for New York station WNEW-TV (now Fox affiliate WNYW) and as a critic at large for Mutual Broadcasting System from 1967-75. She was the first woman on the 10 O’Clock News for WNEW-TV in 1967.

Woodruff was also a byline columnist for the New York Daily Mirror in 1970-1971 and was the first arts critic for Group W Cable TV, where she produced “The First Nighter,” a New York Times-produced primetime program, from 1977-84. Selected episodes of “First Nighter” are in the archives at the New York Public Library.

She served as an affiliate news correspondent for ABC Radio Network in New York City from 1984-86.

Woodruff was also a contributing writer for Vis A Vis magazine and a freelance correspondent for Voice of America, reporting on Broadway and the rest of the New York theater scene.

Woodruff was born in Morrisville, Pa.

Survivors include a daughter and a brother.

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