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  • Award-winning ABC News Journalist Bob Woodruff Set for SU Visit

    May 26, 2011

    The Center for Strategic Communications welcomes Bob Woodruff, ABC News correspondent, to Seattle's Town Hall on Friday, July 15 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Woodruff will speak about the needs of our nation's veterans and their families, especially those of the post-9/11 era, many of whom are experiencing homelessness. Woodruff's visit is hosted by the Center’s Project on Family Homelessness. Now in its second year, the project's goal is to increase awareness and understanding of family homelessness in Washington state.

     “Woodruff’s visit is part of our effort to highlight the fast-growing problem of homelessness among veterans and their families, especially the women vets of Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Barry Mitzman, Center director.

    In January 2006, just after being named co-anchor of ABC News "World News Tonight" to succeed the late Peter Jennings, Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces near Taji, Iraq. Thirteen months later, Woodruff returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, "To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports." The documentary chronicled his traumatic brain injury, his painstaking recovery, and the plight of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar injuries. He continues to cover traumatic brain injuries for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms and was honored with a Peabody Award in 2008 for his reporting on the subject.

    In 2007, Woodruff and his wife Lee co-wrote a best-selling memoir, "In an Instant," chronicling his injuries in Iraq and how their family persevered through a time of intense trauma and uncertainty. The Woodruff family also established the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury to raise money to assist members of the military with cognitive rehabilitation and care following a traumatic brain injury suffered in service to their country.

    Woodruff has been awarded the Alfred I. duPont Award and the George Foster Peabody Award, the two highest honors in broadcast journalism, for his overseas reporting.

    Woodruff’s visit is sponsored by the Project on Family Homelessness, which is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

    The Center for Strategic Communications is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers 33 degrees including strategic communications, journalism, and communication studies.


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