RYE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Rye’s Bob Woodruff!
Robert Warren Woodruff, a long time Rye resident, turns 55 on Thursday.
Woodruff, a television journalist, was born Aug. 18, 1961, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. His career in journalism dates back to 1989, and he is widely known for succeeding Peter Jennings as co-anchor of ABC News' weekday news broadcast, World News Tonight in December 2005. But, in January 2006 he was critically wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
After a year-long recovery from a severe brain injury, he returned to ABC and did numerous reports on the care for wounded veterans.
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 also established the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury (BWFF) to raise money to assist members of the military with cognitive rehabilitation and care following a traumatic brain injury suffered in service to their country.
Woodruff has received numerous journalism awards, including the following:
- Radio and Television Association's David Bloom Award for Excellence in Enterprise (2006);
- Peabody Award for Bob Woodruff Reporting: Wounds of War - The Long Road Home for Our Nation's Veterans (2007);
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's (IAVA) "Civilian Service Award" for his dedication to our nation's newest generation of veterans (2007);
- Los Angeles Press Club's Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism (2008).
- American Legion National Commander Public Relations Award (2013).