Special to the Journal
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Award-winning journalist Bob Woodruff and his wife, Lee, are the featured speakers at Georgia Regents University’s Alumni Weekend Signature Event at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Imperial Theatre in downtown Augusta. The university’s alumni award winners will also be recognized during the program.Bob Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories including Hurricane Katrina, the Asian Tsunami, and the war in Iraq. He was named co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight in December 2005. The following month, while reporting from Iraq, Woodruff and his cameraman were critically injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji.
He and his wife’s presentation will focus on how their family, including their four children, survived and thrived after such a life-changing event.
Bob Woodruff returned to ABC News in 2007 and continues to cover stories focusing on the needs of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with his “Bob Woodruff Reports” unit. He also hosts “Focus Earth” with Bob Woodruff on Discovery Channel’s Planet Green. In February 2007, the Woodruffs released “In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love, Courage, and Healing,” their best-selling personal memoir about Bob’s recovery and the medical and family support that helped him heal.
He 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.
Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous way she chronicled her family’s journey to recovery. She is a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning and is the author of two more best-selling books “Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress” and “Those We Love Most.” She has penned numerous personal articles about her family and parenting that have run in high-profile magazines like Ladies Home Journal, Real Simple, Redbook, Country Living and Parade.
The Woodruffs founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation (ReMind.org) in 2006 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.
Health Center Credit Union is the presenting sponsor for Alumni Weekend. The Signature Event is sponsored by Augusta Office Solutions, Cudos4u Awards & Promotions, and Liberty Mutual. Tickets are free for alumni and $10 for non-alums. To purchase tickets, contact the GRU Office of Alumni Relations 706-737-1759. To register for Alumni Weekend events, visit http://www.gru.edu/alumniweekend/.