June 13, 2006
CORRECTED: Former ABC anchor Woodruff pays visits newsroom
Corrects duration of unconsciousness to 36 days, in third
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former ABC news anchor Bob
Woodruff, who was severely injured in January while covering
the war in Iraq, made a surprise visit to ABC's newsroom on
Tuesday for his first trip back to his workplace since being
greeted by a spontaneous round of applause. You could literally
see the emotion in each hug," ABC news executive producer Jon
Banner wrote in his blog at www.abcnews.com.
Looking fit in a light blue shirt and blue jeans, Woodruff
visited ABC's New York newsroom with his wife, Lee. He said
that after being unconscious for about 36 days, he woke up with
his co-workers on his mind.
"I thought about you guys and I thought about everything
that I wanted badly to come back to," he said, according to a
report posted on the broadcaster's Web site.
In a video clip of the visit posted on the ABC Web site,
Woodruff looked gaunt but otherwise healthy as he visited with
his co-workers, walking through the office, chatting with
Woodruff and ABC cameraman Doug Vogt were wounded when a
roadside bomb exploded near a military convoy in which they
were traveling. Both suffered wounds to the chest, neck, face
Only weeks before his injury, Woodruff was named co-anchor
of ABC's "World News Tonight" along with Elizabeth Vargas.
Vargas recently left the broadcast to concentrate on her
family, and veteran newsman Charles Gibson took over as anchor.