Bob Woodruff Biography
Bob Woodruff is an American journalist, he has been a reporter on ABC News. He co-anchored alongside Elizabeth Vargas. Woodruff suffered an IED explosion while reporting on the U.S. and Iraqi security forces that made him unavailable to appear on air for a certain period of time.
Bob Woodruff Education
Woodruff studied at a private Cranbrook Kingswood school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1979. He later graduated in 1983 from Colgate University. Woodruff earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1987.
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Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered big issues for the network across the country and beyond the world. In December 2005, he took over as the host of “ABC World News Tonight” from Peter Jennings. Woodruff was critically injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq, on January 29, 2006, while reporting on US and Iraqi security troops.
Woodruff returned to ABC News in February 2007, almost 13 months after being wounded, with his first on-air broadcast, “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports.” His traumatic brain injury, his protracted recuperation, and the hardship of hundreds of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar disabilities were all portrayed in the hour-long prime-time documentary.
Woodruff has reported from all over the world since his return to the air. He has investigated the escalating nuclear threats in the hands of Kim Jong Il and then his son, Kim Jong Un, on eight occasions.
Since 2015, Woodruff has served as ABC’s principal correspondent in Asia, particularly China, covering stories ranging from the Xinjiang province’s contentious treatment of Muslims to the United States’ position in the South China Sea. His critically praised documentary “China Inside Out,” which analyzed how China’s worldwide rise effects the “Chinese Century,” broadcast on ABC News in 2008.
Former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards acknowledged to lying about an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, a campaign aide, during an exclusive interview on “Nightline” in August 2008. In 2011, Woodruff covered the trial of John Edwards, who was charged of conspiring to break campaign financing regulations but was found not guilty.
Woodruff was previously the anchor of “World News Tonight” on weekends and one of ABC News’ top correspondents. He operated out of ABC News’ London bureau until returning to New York in 2002, covering wars across Europe and Africa, as well as adventures with celebrities.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Prince Harry, have traveled extensively with the royal family’s young members.
He was one of the first Western reporters into Pakistan after the September 11 attacks, and he was one of ABC’s top foreign journalists during the war in Afghanistan, reporting from Kabul and Kandahar on the Taliban’s fall. His coverage of the aftermath of 9/11 on the ground in the Middle East was honored with the Alfred I. duPont Award and the George Foster Peabody Award, the two greatest honors in broadcast journalism.
He was also a member of the ABC News crew that received a duPont Award for live coverage of Pope John Paul II’s death and Pope Benedict XVI’s election. He received another George Foster Peabody Award for his thorough coverage of traumatic brain injury.
Woodruff worked as an attorney before becoming a journalist. He was engaged by CBS News to work as a translator during the Tiananmen Square movement while teaching law in Beijing in 1989. He changed careers a short time thereafter. In the late 1990s, he worked as an ABC Justice Department correspondent in Washington, covering Attorney General Janet Reno’s office, the FBI, and the ATF.
In February 2007, Woodruff and his wife, Lee, co-wrote “In an Instant,” a best-selling memoir about his injuries in Iraq and how their family overcame adversity and uncertainty. The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded by the Woodruff family to generate funds for injured service personnel, veterans, and their families.
Bob Woodruff Salary
Woodruff earns a yearly salary between $ 24,292 and $ 72,507.
Bob Woodruff Net worth
Woodruff has an estimated net worth of $ 1.6 million dollars.
Bob Woodruff Age
Woodruff is 60 years old as of 2021. He was born on August 18, 1961, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Bob Woodruff Height
Woodruff stands at a height of 6 feet.
Bob Woodruff Family
Woodruff was born to Frances Ann and Robert Norman Woodruff Jr., who were real estate agents.
Bob Woodruff Wife
Woodruff is married to Lee McConaughy, the couple has four children together, Macklin Robert, Cathryn, and twins Claire and Nora.
Bob Woodruff Injury
Woodruff’s brother said on March 7, 2006, that the ABC anchor was starting to walk, identify friends and relatives, and communicate in multiple languages. After the injury, he struggled with expressive aphasia for more than a year.
Woodruff was transferred to a medical facility closer to his home in Westchester County, New York, on March 16, 2006, indicating “continuing development in all respects,” according to ABC News President David Westin in an e-mail to workers. Woodruff was able to get around, talk to, and laugh with his family, according to Westin’s email, but “months of further recovery” were still required.