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Bob & Lee Woodruff

Bob Woodruff is an award-winning American journalist. He joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories including Hurricane Katrina, the Asian Tsunami, the alleged “axis of evil,” and the continuing unrest in Iraq. He was named co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight in December 2005. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Mr. Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. He has since returned to ABC News with his “Bob Woodruff Reports” unit and continues to cover stories focusing on the needs of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He also hosts Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff on Discovery Channel’s Planet Green.

In February 2007, Bob and his wife Lee released In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love, Courage, and Healing, their personal memoir about Bob’s recovery and the medical and family support that helped him heal. Bob has received several awards including a Peabody for Wounds of War and the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism, as well as numerous awards and citations for his work on behalf of wounded veterans.

Mr. Woodruff has a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a BA from Colgate University. He and his wife Lee have four children.


As co-author of the 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 together on national television and radio 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 war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing, affliction.

They founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation (ReMind.org) to assist wounded service members and their families to receive the long-term care that they need and help them successfully reintegrate into their communities.

Woodruff is a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning. Her best-selling book, Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel in September, Those We Love Most, a New York Times best-seller.

Woodruff has penned numerous personal articles about her family and parenting that have run in such high-profile magazines as Ladies Home Journal, Real Simple, Redbook, Country Living and Parade.

Woodruff also ran her own public relations and marketing consulting business for sixteen years, before which she was senior vice president of public relations firm Porter Novelli.

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  2. Jaishree Patel says:

    I am looking for help, moral support, an advocate, whatever one might call it. My brother is a traumatic brain injury patient. Has been for the last 15 months.. He is stuck for the plenty of reasons one can face but I know he has potential and I need to bring him back on track. A widowed father of three kids, is much needed. An eighty year old mother who has full faith in his recovery wants her son back for her grandchildren. I as a caregiver and a sister want my brother who has been a tower of strength for me. He needs voices that can advocate for him to get the right and aggressive therapy and treatment that is required. I am reaching out for moral support.
    I need a pillar to lean on to keep my belief going. Most of all his children need their dad. They need the help to know that things can get better and they do not need to be bitter. This is also a story “In an instant”. I am looking that ray of hope for “Andy” that will perhaps allow him to be more than what he is today. Can you please be that “RAY OF HOPE”

    Jaishree Patel

  3. Jaishree Patel says:

    I am looking for help, moral support, an advocate, whatever one might call it. My brother is a traumatic brain injury patient. Has been for the last 15 months.. He is stuck for the plenty of reasons one can face but I know he has potential and I need to bring him back on track. A widowed father of three kids, is much needed. An eighty year old mother who has full faith in his recovery wants her son back for her grandchildren. I as a caregiver and a sister want my brother who has been a tower of strength for me. He needs voices that can advocate for him to get the right and aggressive therapy and treatment that is required. I am reaching out for moral support. I need a pillar to lean on to keep my belief going. Most of all his children need their dad. They need the help to know that things can get better and they do not need to be bitter. This is also a story “In an instant”. I am looking that ray of hope for “Andy” that will perhaps allow him to be more than what he is today. Can you please be that “RAY OF HOPE”

    Jaishree Patel

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