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Lee Woodruff: Bob Still Hits His Head On Things

“Bob can read a teleprompter better than he can read a newspaper.”

That was one of the quotes from yet another media event held in honor of Bob Woodruff. Over a breakfast of fresh seasonal fruit, poached egg and banana crepes (organized by Ladies’ Home Journal on the Upper West Side) 20 or so gathered to hear Bob, his doctors and his wife, Lee, speak of his recovery from injuries sustained in Iraq last January, his newfound advocacy for better healthcare for the wounded soldiers when they return home and the importance of family in the recovery process.

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Woodruff: ‘I’m Not Going Back To Iraq’

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We heard the same story a few weeks ago at ABC HQ, with one key difference.

Bob Woodruff, while receiving a Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation yesterday, said he will not go back to Iraq:

“I think for the first time I’m going to tell my wife I’m not going to go back to Iraq, at least for now.”

When we spoke with Woodruff and ABC News chief David Westin two weeks ago during a screening of To Iraq And Back, the documentary of his recovery from wounds suffered in a tank blast last January, Woodruff wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a return. Westin, though, said ABC would not send Woodruff back. “He’s more vulnerable [now]. It would be the height of recklessness for ABC News to allow Bob Woodruff to go to Iraq. It’s insane.”

Woddruff shared the award with Kimberly Dozier, the CBS News reporter seriously wounded in Iraq last May, who said she does plan to return: “To all of you in Iraq, Iraqis and the international corp, I hope to join you — not right away — but sometime soon.”

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  • Bob Woodruff: ‘I Saw My Body Floating’
  • Bob Woodruff: ‘I Saw My Body Floating’

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    Last year, Bob Woodruff spent 27 days as co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight. His 28th day — January 29, 2006 — was one he can’t remember too well. Nor can he remember the 36 days spent in a coma recovering from injuries he and cameraman Doug Vogt suffered from a roadside bomb while reporting in Iraq.

    “The 28th day was a problem,” ABC News chief David Westin said.

    Woodruff screened To Iraq And Back, a prime-time documentary on the blast and his recovery — and the soldiers who’ve returned from Iraq with traumatic brain injuries — for a dozen or so media reporters, some teary-eyed, this morning in New York.

    Woodruff says he remembers seeing his body “floating below” him in the U.S. tank he was traveling in. “I was spitting a lot of blood,” Woodruff recalled. “‘Am I alive?’”

    But it’s what Woodruff can’t remember, he says, that has been the most difficult part of his recovery. (A common Woodruff refrain: “That my family had to go through all this … it kills me.”) In the days after coming out of his coma, he says he couldn’t remember his two youngest daughters’ existence, let alone their names. In a startling scene in the documentary, Woodward struggles with flash cards to identify scissors, and his children explain to him what a belt buckle is.

    The third and perhaps most intriguing part of To Iraq focuses not on Woodruff but on the impact of the burgeoning “TBI” epidemic on the country’s Veteran’s hospitals, and the lack of information on “TBI” being provided by the government.

    Is the government falling short in helping the veterans?

    “Yes,” says Woodruff.

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    Roger Ailes To Be Honored For His Contributions To Press Freedom, First Amendment

    ailes_fox_clinton_wallace.jpgWell, here’s some news the left-wing media will have a field day with.

    The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation is set to honor Fox News chief Roger Ailes along with Philip Balboni of New England Cable News and a pair of journalists — Kimberly Dozier of CBS News and Bob Woodruff of ABC News — wounded in Iraq for “their work on behalf of press freedom” at the 17th Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner on March 8 in Washington.

    Ailes will receive the 2006 First Amendment Leadership Award. Past recipients include Katharine Graham, Don Hewitt and Ted Turner of Fox rival CNN.

    Does Ailes belong with this group?

    Now that we’ve reported, you can decide.

  • RTNDF to Honor Roger Ailes, Bob Woodruff, Kimberly Dozier
    And Philip Balboni with First Amendment Awards [RTNDA.org]

  • Woodruff’s Return

    woodruff_home.jpgThirteen months after almost losing his life in Iraq, the AP reports that Bob Woodruff gets what every newsman wants: a prime-time special. Airing on February 27, the show will detail the ABC-News correspondent’s story through interviews with “witnesses to the explosion and the medical team that saved his life on Jan. 29, 2006.”

    Random House is also publishing a memoir penned by Woodruff and his wife, Lee. The book, not shockingly, will focus on how the family dealt with his injury and their collective recovery.

    Wounded ABC journalist, Mich. native Woodruff to tell story [Freep.com]

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  • Woodruff’s Story Airs On ABC Feb. 27 [TVNewser]

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