On a table in Bob Woodruff's office at ABC News is a stack of flash cards with illustrations of household items. They are a reminder of the difficult days that followed for the correspondent after he suffered a traumatic brain injury from an improvised explosive device while reporting in Iraq.
"I couldn't even say scissor," he says as he palms one card. "I couldn't say hammer. When I could finally say it, I spelled it h-a-m-o-r. This was my therapy in the first month or two after I woke up — just trying to name these things."
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It's been two and a half years since ABC News' Bob Woodruff suffered a massive brain injury while reporting in Iraq. Further proof of his remarkable recovery will be seen on August 6, when ABC airs China Inside Out: Bob Woodruff Reports (10 p.m. ET), an hour-long special that looks at the global impact of the country's rapid economic expansion.
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ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff already knows that it's a jungle out there in American news, so who better to host a new environmental show than he? The anchor has signed to host a weekly newscast on eco-issues for Discovery's new eco-lifestyle network, Planet Green, says Variety.Woodruff's home studio of ABC will produce the weekly show, which will feature a round table format with debates, features and discussions on topics including climate impact, environmental policy, political debate and world events. Planet Green's set to sprout June 4, while Woodruff's as-yet-untitled series will air sometime in July. Is Discovery's new 'net setting a groundbreaking precedent for where programming and news is headed? It's about time environmental issues got center stage and even better that it'll get some added gravitas from Woodruff. Anna DimondUse our Online Video Guide to explore the rest of Discovery's TV environment
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Bob Woodruff hasnt had a lot to laugh about in the last couple of years. But thanks to Conan OBrien and a lineup of top comedians, there will be plenty of humor to go around during a special evening on Nov. 7 to benefit the Bob Woodruff Family Fund.In conjunction with the New York Comedy Festival, OBrien will host the event, Stand Up for Heroes, which is dedicated to the nations injured service members. The proceeds of the benefit — where Lewis Black, Bruce Springsteen, Robin Williams and other special guests will perform at New York Citys Town Hall — will go to the Woodruff fund.Woodruff, who was severely injured in 2006 while reporting from Iraq for ABC News, established the fund a year later to raise awareness and money for members of the military hurt in the line of duty.
After getting injured in a roadside attack near Baghdad on Jan. 29, 2006, ABC newsman Bob Woodruff remembers seeing his body floating on a cloud below him. He passed out and didn't wake up for 36 days. Once out of his medically induced coma, he saw his wife, Lee, and said through a pained smile, "Honey, where have you been?"It's been a long journey back for Woodruff, but on Tuesday at 10 pm/ET, he returns to ABC News with an hourlong special, To Iraq and Back, in which he reports on his rehabilitation and how traumatic brain injuries like his are taking a toll on troops in Iraq. A book about his ordeal (In an Instant, written with his wife) is also hitting bookstores this week.Meeting with reporters on Monday, Woodruff looked and sounded like the man who was named coanchor of World News Tonight in late 2005. The only noticeable difference is his occasional searching for a word. He's been relearning language skills, and says he's seeing improvement all the time. "Will I get back to 1...
After Charles Gibson was named anchor of ABC World News Tonight, he got a call from a colleague saying, "The tortoise has won the race." Indeed, after all the hype about traveling anchors, webcasts and updates for the West Coast, the network turned to its most experienced and least flashy veteran to head its flagship broadcast. Gibson takes over for Elizabeth Vargas, who has been flying solo since coanchor Bob Woodruff sustained