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Vinnie Malhotra Named SVP at CNN

Vinnie Malhotra has been named senior vice president of development and acquisitions at CNN, managing editor Mark Whitaker announced today.

Malhotra began his career at ABC News in 1997. He worked on “Nightline” and “World News Tonight,” where he was a producer for Peter Jennings for three years. Malhotra was part of the ABC News convoy in Iraq when Bob Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were hit by an IED in 2006.

Since 2010, Malhotra has been ESPN’s vice president and executive producer for content development.

Malhotra will be based in Los Angeles, where he will “pursue development opportunities with outside production companies on behalf of the various networks of CNN Worldwide.”

CNN’s full release is after the jump.

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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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Documentary Not all About Woodruff

ABC may be advertising the Bob Woodruff documentary airing tomorrow as all about Bob, his tragedy and comeback, but Woodruff sees it as a chance to call attention to veterans and the care they’re getting — or not.

He calls the government to task in the hour-long show for not giving enough care to vets who aren’t in major metropolitan centers. Those who saw a preview today saw one vet improving under the care of specialists in a major military hospital — learning to speak and use the left side of his body — but deteriorating quickly back home in Texas without good medical help. (The VA told ABC it was a paperwork error.)

There’s also an accusation that the government is forbidding Defense Department personnel from talking about the gravity of the situation. From ABCNEWS.com’s website today: “While the U.S. Department of Defense says that there have been about 23,000 nonfatal battlefield casualties in Iraq, Woodruff discovers — through an internal VA report — that more than 200,000 veterans have sought medical care for various ailments, including more than 73,000 diagnoses for mental disorders.”

Woodruff says that as many as 150,000 of those who’ve served in Afghanistan and Iraq could have brain problems because of the war. He talks to one soldier who fought for months to have the VA even acknowledge that his memory problems were likely related to Traumatic Brain Injury, the same injury Woodruff had.

Asked today if he felt odd, as a newsman, having the documentary focus so much on him, Woodruff said it was a chance to bring attention to the vets, what they and their families go through and the care they need. Woodruff also talked at length about his family and their support, his wife, his three brothers, his wife’s sisters, his four children — all of whom are prominently featured in the documentary. He said today that his first question upon waking from his coma was to ask about cameraman Doug Vogt (above with Woodruff), injured with Woodruff by the explosion in Iraq.