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Bob Woodruff Interviews Prince Harry

In addition to throwing out the first pitch at Saturday’s Mets game, Britain’s Prince Harry sat down with ABC News’ Bob Woodruff for his only American TV interview. He discussed his humanitarian work around the world and his charity, among other topics. The exclusive airs tomorrow on “Good Morning America.”

Diane Sawyer Receiving ASU Cronkite Award

Sawyer060110.bmp Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has announced that “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer will be the recipient of the 2010 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Sawyer will accept the award Nov. 12 art the Arizona Biltmore.

Previous recipients have included “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, and ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff.

The press release is after the jump.

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Newsers Honor Andy Rooney

Andy Rooney.jpgAndy Rooney, a 1942 Colgate University alum, was honored Tuesday at an alumni “Tribute and Toast” in Manhattan. Those who toasted — and roasted — included fellow ‘Gate grads, as well as other television colleagues. Excerpts:

• CBS’s Lesley Stahl: “I can’t think of anybody I’d rather hang out with than Andy Aaron [sic, actually Aitken] Rooney. Ever stop to think that he’s just one initial away from A-A-R-P?”

• Rooney’s son, ABC’s Brian Rooney (’74): “Obviously, we both went to Colgate. And neither one of us could get into it today!”

• CBS’s Morley Safer: “How do you roast a man who deep-fries himself every Sunday night?”

• CBS’s Jeff Fager (’77): “He’s not happy — as I think most people know — about getting older, and he doesn’t like birthdays. But being Andy’s age does have its advantages. There aren’t that many people that can actually say they knew the thirteen founders of Colgate [in 1819].”

For a video roundup of the event, which also included tributes from ABC’s Bob Woodruff (’83) and CNN’s Gloria Borger (’74), click here.

Viewers Tune in for Andrew Young Interview on ’20/20′

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According to early overnight data, ABC’s “20/20,” which featured Bob Woodruff‘s interview with former John Edwards aide Andrew Young, drew 8.1 million viewers and was the third most-watched program in primetime on Friday, behind two CBS dramas. The episode drew the newsmagazine’s second-largest audience this season. Woodruff recently spoke to TVNewser about the interview, which happened to air on what Woodruff calls his “alive day.”

Bob Woodruff’s Big Interview Just Part of a Big Day: “My ‘Alive Day’”

BWoodruff.jpgWhat a day it is for ABC’s Bob Woodruff.

His long-awaited interview with former John Edwards aide Andrew Young is set to air tonight on a special 20/20, and on Nightline.

It’s also Woodruff’s father’s birthday. Plus, Woodruff has a date this evening with his twin nine year-old girls at a father-daughter dance.

And it was on this day four years ago that Woodruff narrowly escaped death. “My ‘alive day’,” he tells TVNewser.

In 2006, the newly-minted World News Tonight co-anchor was reporting from Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded near him and cameraman Doug Vogt. Both suffered serious head injuries. Four years later, Woodruff is feeling good — “I’m lucky,” he says — and he’s right in the thick of things at work.

He has nabbed some of the biggest gets in the Edwards-Rielle Hunter saga, including an exclusive interview with the former Senator and presidential candidate in August of 2008. During that chat, Edwards lied about the possibility of fathering Hunter’s daughter, Quinn.

Woodruff Edwards.jpg“I was pretty shocked” at the denial, Woodruff says. And so were Andrew Young — author of The Politician, out tomorrow — and his wife Cheri, who Woodruff says were “just irritated and furious” at what they heard. They chose Woodruff for their first interview.

Woodruff, who covered Edwards’ 2004 presidential run, finds it hard to believe he’s still covering this scandal, long after the now-infamous 2008 sit-down. “I didn’t think it would be such a big story a year and half later.”

But it is. So big that each network has scrambled for the scoop. Last week, with Woodruff’s Andrew Young interview looming, NBC got an exclusive of its own: a first look at the statement from Edwards admitting paternity.

Woodruff shrugs it off. “I love competition. Go for it, NBC!”

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Getting Ahead of ABC Interview, NBC Gets Edwards Admission He’s the Father of Mistress’s Baby

Next Friday, ABC’s “20/20″ airs a Bob Woodruff interview with former aide to John Edwards, Andrew Young, who is releasing a tell-all called “The Politician.”

But this morning, NBC News stole some of that thunder by getting an exclusive statement from Edwards admitting that he’s the father of a 2-year-old daughter conceived with Rielle Hunter, a campaign videographer with whom he had an affair.

In a written statement provided first to NBC News, the former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate writes, “I am Quinn’s father.”

In her story on “Today,” NBC’s Lisa Myers got an on-camera interview with Edwards’ close friend Harrison Hickman: “I am speaking for the senator to the extent that anyone can,” says Hickman.

> More: Not to be outdone, ABC News is reporting this morning that Young was asked by Edwards to steal a diaper to secretly check his paternity.

> More, More: While NBC had the statement first, with enough time for Myers to produce a story, the Edwards camp was having it both ways, making sure all the networks had the statement for the lead on the morning newscasts.

Andy Rooney On Turning 91 and ‘The Single Luckiest Thing That Ever Happened To Me’

Andy Rooney — who turns 91 today — is in demand these days. Rooney, a Colgate University alum, will be honored at a February 9 alumni “Tribute and Toast” in New York City. Expected attendees include fellow ‘Gate grads such as 60 Minutes EP Jeff Fager, Rooney’s son, ABC’s Brian Rooney, ABC’s Bob Woodruff, CNN’s Gloria Borger, and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman.

Rooney also has granted a rare interview to USA Today. Excerpts:

• On whether he foresees retiring from 60 Minutes: “I suppose the time may come…I think I’ll know when I can’t do this anymore. I think I’d quit before anyone tells me to.”

• His thoughts on the late Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt: “They’re missed.”

• He says that getting a reporting job during World War II with the U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes was “the single luckiest thing that ever happened to me.”

• On how he’ll celebrate his birthday today — “a 91st birthday isn’t something you celebrate. It’s something you mourn.” — Rooney, a widower, says he’ll probably go out to dinner with the woman in his life: Beryl Pfizer who was a Today show producer in the 1950s.

In this video, Rooney reads portions of his most recent book, Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit, out last November.

ABC News Will Have Exclusive with Edwards Aide

ABC News will have an exclusive interview with Former aide to Sen. John Edwards, Andrew Young, who is releasing a book titled “The Politician,” about the Edwards’ 2004 campaign and the Rielle Hunter scandal. Young will first sit down with Bob Woodruff for a “20/20″ interview to air on January 29th and then will appear on “GMA” with George Stephanopoulos on February 2nd.

Special Climate Change as Copenhagen Conference Begins

tricktruth_12-7.jpgAs scientists and world leaders head to Copenhagen this week for the Climate Conference, you can expect some special coverage from the networks.

Tonight, Campbell Brown anchors special coverage in her CNN program at 8pmET titled, “Global Warming: Trick or Truth,” which will feature special reports, expert panels, and interviews discussing the conference and the “climate-gate” controversy. She will continue to report on developments throughout the week.

Also, NBC “Nightly News” will be airing a series of international reports throughout the week on climate change from Ian Williams in Bangladesh, Anne Thompson in Peru, and Martin Fletcher in Kenya. On Wednesday, Al Gore is sitting down with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell during “Andrea Mitchell Reports” to discuss recent developments.

As we reported over the weekend, ABC News has Bob Woodruff in Copenhagen for special reports this week also.

A special edition of “BBC World News America” will be co-presented live tonight from Copenhagen by environment correspondent David Shukman.

Bob Woodruff to Report from Climate Conference

Woodruff_12.6.jpgABC’s Bob Woodruff heads to Copenhagen where he’ll begin reporting tomorrow as world leaders meet for the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Woodruff will report for ABC News’ broadcasts and platforms, including “World News with Charles Gibson,” “Good Morning America,” ABC News Radio, and ABC News Digital. Woodruff’s reporting from Copenhagen will be featured in a special episode of “Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff” Saturday, Dec.19 on the Planet Green network.

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