Bob Woodruff

Active - 2007 - 2009  |   Born - Aug 18, 1961 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States  |   Genres - Culture & Society [nf], Science & Technology [nf]

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Broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff achieved international fame in 1996, when ABC News tapped him to replace longtime correspondent Peter Jennings as the anchor of its evening broadcast, World News Tonight. Woodruff subsequently toured the country and the globe, tackling the most significant and compelling news items -- everything from Hurricane Katrina to the Asian Tsunami to a cross-section of North Korean policy, achieved via security clearance that provided him with direct access to the heart of that nation. Woodruff is best known, however, for his unprecedented coverage of the U.S. occupation of Iraq -- and his near-fatal brain injury from an attack on the frontlines that forced him to endure a tumultuous and protracted 13-month recovery. As that grueling period ended, Woodruff hosted a now-famous 2007 special, To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports, which documented not only his own rehabilitation but those of other Iraqi veterans in similar situations.

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  • Played lacrosse for four years at Colgate and finished as the school's all-time leading scorer with 184 points.
  • Left his job as a lawyer in New York to teach law in Beijing using his fluency in Mandarin.
  • Hired by Dan Rather as a translator to help CBS's coverage of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989.
  • Selected as replacement for the late Peter Jennings on ABC World News Tonight, along with Elizabeth Vargas.
  • Seriously injured in Iraq in January 2006 when a roadside bomb exploded near the vehicle in which he was traveling. Cameraman Doug Vogt was also hurt in the attack.