ABC Anchor Bob Woodruff Injured by Iraq Bomb
CNN Breaking: “ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman seriously injured in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq, the network reports.”
ABC has few details at their site: “Bob Woodruff and his cameraman Doug Vogt were injured in an IED attack near Taji, Iraq today. They were embedded with the 4th Infantry Division, traveling with an Iraqi Army unit in an Iraqi mechanized vehicle.”
Updates as they’re available. Obviously, I wish the men a full and speedy recovery.
Update (0910): More from AP:
The U.S. military headquarters in Baghdad confirmed that the ABC News team was involved in an attack but declined to provide further details to The Associated Press. An official military statement was expected to be issued later Sunday.
Woodruff was named co-anchor of ABC News’ “World News Tonight” with Elizbeth Vargas this month after the death of Peter Jennings. In an unusual approach to evening news shows, one of the two co-anchors typically reports from the studio in New York while the other reports from the field, as Woodruff was doing in Iraq.
Woodruff grew up in Michigan and became a corporate lawyer in New York. He took a leave of absence to teach at a school in China, helped CBS News during the Tiananmen Square uprising and became hooked on journalism. “When I realized there was a job that existed in this world where I could be in the middle of huge world events and actually get paid for it, it was an epiphany for me,” he told The Associated Press in a recent interview.
If they follow usual practice, the AP story will evolve constantly even though the link will remain static.
Update (1205): CNN has updated the story with the following details:
Both men were wearing body armor and helmets.
ABC reported that the two were in the hatch of a military vehicle taping at the time of the explosion, which was followed by small-arms fire. ABC said the two have head injuries, and Woodruff was undergoing surgery at the U.S. military hospital in Balad, 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Baghdad.
The Balad military hospital is the most technologically advanced in Iraq.