Bob Woodruff

Television journalist, Attorney
Virtually an unknown commodity when he took over as co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight," Bob Woodruff had been a foreign correspondent for the second place nightly news program for years. Despite plenty of air time ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1960 in Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (11)

20/20 2005, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Correspondent

Nightline Prime 2011 (Tv Show)

Anchor

Earth 2100 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Primetime Live 2005, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Path of Katrina 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC News Saturday Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Baghdad Diary (TV Show)

Host

The Concert for Valor (TV Show)

Special Appearance
Producer (3)

The Richard Bey Show 1992 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Jackie Mason Show 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Howard Stern Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Virtually an unknown commodity when he took over as co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight," Bob Woodruff had been a foreign correspondent for the second place nightly news program for years. Despite plenty of air time during major news stories, audiences were hard-pressed to put a name to a face when he and former "20/20" host Elizabeth Vargas began delivering the nightly news in January 2006, following the death of longtime anchor Peter Jennings from lung cancer in August 2005. More at home abroad than in a New York studio, Woodruff wanted to step out from behind the anchor desk to report from all corners of the globe, particularly from the Middle East and the war in Iraq. Despite the danger, he nonetheless enjoyed the challenge and the opportunity to report on stories firsthand. Unfortunately, less than a month after assuming his prestigious new post, Woodruff was seriously injured in a bombing attack in Iraq.

Relationships

Lee Woodruff

Wife

EDUCATION

Colgate University

Hamilton , New York 1983
graduated Magna Cum Laude

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan 1987
Earned law degree

Milestones

2006

Seriously injured by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq just weeks after taking over the news anchor desk

2006

Named the new co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight alongside Elizabeth Vargas

2005

Became the first American to report from inside North Korea since 2000

1999

Reported on the impeachment proceeding of President Clinton and the Elian Gonzalez custody/citizenship battle

1997

Covered the trial of Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh

1996

Moved onto ABC’s Chicago bureau, landing an assignment covering the Justice Department

1994

Joined ABC news affiliate in Phoenix

1991

Accepted a $12,000-a-year position reporting for KCPM-TV in Redding, CA

1989

CBS hired him to translate for Dan Rather during the uprising in Tiananmen Square

Practiced corporate law at Shearman & Sterling in NYC

Quit his law position to teach Beijing, China

Bonus Trivia

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Speaks Mandarin fluently

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