Although Woodruff was known for reporting the news, he became
the news on January 29, 2006, when he was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Originally a lawyer, Woodruff switched his focus to journalism in the late '80s and quickly moved up the ranks with his good looks, tight delivery and dedication to sniffing out stories. After covering a variety of high-profile stories for ABC, including the Asian tsunami and the turmoil in the Middle East, Woodruff was rewarded with a coanchor spot on ABC World News Tonight
in January 2006. A few weeks later, Woodruff's career path — and entire life — changed. After a long and painful recovery, he returned to ABC News in February 2007 with the special To Iraq and Back
, chronicling his rehabilitation. He also released the book In an Instant
, coauthored by his wife. Unfortunately Woodruff clearly wasn't 100 percent — he often struggled for words — and his future as a newsman remained unclear.Bob Woodruff Fast Facts:
- 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.
- Honored with the Alfred I. Dupont Award and the George Foster Peabody Award for his reporting.
- Selected as replacement for the late Peter Jennings on ABC World News Tonight in January 2006, along with Elizabeth Vargas.
- Cameraman Doug Vogt was hurt by the same roadside bomb that seriously injured Woodruff in Iraq in January 2006.
- Bob Woodruff Relationships:
- Nora Woodruff - Daughter
- Robert Woodruff - Father
- David Woodruff - Brother
- Claire Woodruff - Daughter
- Lee Woodruff - Wife
- Fran Woodruff - Mother
- Macklin Woodruff - Son
- Cathryn Woodruff - Daughter
- Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (BA in English, 1983); University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (law degree, 1987)