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Bob Woodruff Biography

Birth Name:
Robert Woodruff
Birth Place:
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States
News anchor

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
  • 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


  • David Woodruff -- Brother
  • Cathryn Woodruff -- Daughter
  • Claire Woodruff -- Daughter
  • Nora Woodruff -- Daughter
  • Robert Woodruff -- Father
  • Fran Woodruff -- Mother
  • Macklin Woodruff -- Son