Bob and Lee Woodruff

A Journey of Inspiration and Best-Selling Co-Authors, In An Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing

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Bob Woodruff

Bob Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories throughout the country and around the world for the network. He was named co-anchor of ABC World News Tonight in December 2005 to replace Peter Jennings who died of lung cancer. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq.

In February 2007, just 13 months after being wounded in Iraq, Woodruff returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports. The hour-long, primetime documentary chronicled his traumatic brain injury (TBI), his painstaking recovery and the plight of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar injuries. Woodruff continues to cover traumatic brain injuries for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms and was honored with a “Peabody Award” in 2008 for his reporting on the subject.

Since returning to the air, Woodruff has reported from around the globe—North Korea on the country's denuclearization process, Syria and Jordan on the exodus of Iraqi refugees in those countries, and from war-torn Sudan. In 2008, ABC News aired his critically acclaimed documentary China Inside Out, a closer look at how China's rapid rise impacts us all and the beginning of what's being called "The Chinese Century."

In an August 2008 exclusive on Nightline, former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards admitted in an interview with Woodruff that he had repeatedly lied about an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, a campaign employee.  In 2011, Woodruff covered the trial of John Edwards, who was accused and ultimately found not guilty of conspiring to violate campaign finance laws.

Woodruff has travelled to North Korea five times, covering the secretive nation’s nuclear bomb capabilities, its long range missile launches and most recently in 2013 about the rising power of its new dictator Kim Jong Un.  He went to Japan one month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami to report on the race to stabilize the nuclear reactors.

Other than wars and conflicts, in 2014 he also covered the World Cup in Brazil. For years he has also followed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, traveling extensively with the young members of the Royal Family, also with Prince Harry when he accompanied several wounded British soldiers as they hiked to the North Pole.

Previously Woodruff was anchor of the weekend edition of World News Tonight and one of ABC News' top correspondents. He was ABC's lead correspondent on the 2004 Asian tsunami, reporting from Banda Aceh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Before moving to New York in 2002, Woodruff worked out of ABC News' London Bureau. After the September 11 attacks, he was among the first Western reporters into Pakistan and was one of ABC's lead foreign correspondents during the war in Afghanistan, reporting from Kabul and Kandahar on the fall of the Taliban. His overseas reporting of the fallout from September 11 was part of ABC News' coverage recognized with the “Alfred I. duPont Award” and the “George Foster Peabody Award”, the two highest honors in broadcast journalism. He was also a part of the ABC News team recognized with a duPont Award for live coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Before becoming a journalist, Woodruff was an attorney. In 1989, while teaching law in Beijing, he was hired by CBS News to work as a translator during the Tiananmen Square uprising, and a short time later he changed careers. As ABC's Justice Department correspondent in Washington in the late 1990s, he covered the office of Attorney General Janet Reno, the FBI and ATF.

Prior to joining ABC News, Woodruff was a reporter for KCPM-TV, the NBC affiliate in Redding, California, from 1991-92; for the CBS affiliate WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia from 1992-94; and for KNXV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona from 1994-96. He joined ABC News in 1996, based in the network's Chicago bureau.

In February 2007, Woodruff and his wife, Lee, co-wrote a best-selling memoir, In an Instant, chronicling his injuries in Iraq and how their family persevered through a time of intense trauma and uncertainty. The Woodruff family established the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to raise money to assist injured service members, veterans and their families.

Woodruff has a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University. He and Lee have four children.

 

Lee Woodruff

As co-author of the New York Times best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing publically and on national television since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction.

They have founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist post-9/11 injured service members, veterans and their families heal from the physical and silent wounds of war. To date, the non-profit foundation has invested more than $20 million, funding and shaping innovative programs across the country that are helping veterans successfully integrate back into their communities. Woodruff has been a contributing reporter for Good Morning America and currently serves as a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning. Her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel Those We Love Most, which became a New York Times best seller.

A freelance writer, Woodruff has penned numerous articles about her family and parenting and she ran a public relations and marketing consulting business for 16 years.  She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and four children.