Injured ABC News anchor returns to TV, inks book deal
Bob Woodruff is coming back.
The ABC News anchor, who suffered life-threatening injuries reporting in Iraq last January, will mark his return to on-air reporting this spring with a primetime special.
In the hourlong program, Woodruff will report on his own trauma and recovery, as well as the general subjects of rescue and recovery in Iraq and of soldiers injured in attacks.
Move marks a return to on-air reporting for Woodruff more than a year after an attack that left many fearing for his survival.
Woodruff and a cameraman, Doug Vogt, were wounded after a roadside bomb went off near the military convoy with which they were traveling.
Anchor was heavily sedated for a number of weeks after the attack and is said to recall the incident only in spots. Part of special will follow Woodruff attempting to reconstruct what happened.
An Alphabet spokesman said the airdate of the spec and the exact scope of his future on-air duties hadn’t been worked out yet.
Since the attack, ABC News has re-shuffled its anchor desk: Woodruff co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas stepped down and Charles Gibson became the sole anchor of the evening news show.
Also Thursday, Woodruff signed a book deal with Random House under which he and his wife Lee will pen a tome reconstructing their time since the attack.