Bob and Lee Woodruff discuss how lives can change “In an Instant”

Bob Woodruff at SMUJust weeks after journalist Bob Woodruff (right) was named co-anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” he suffered a traumatic brain injury from a roadside bomb explosion while covering the war in Iraq. He and his wife, Lee, discussed his injury, recovery and the challenges he continues to face Mar. 4 at the Turner Construction Student Forum. They are co-authors of the best-selling book In An Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing. Read more. (Photography by Mike Fuentes.)

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Bob and Lee Woodruff to deliver Tate Lecture Mar. 4

bob-lee-woodruff-150.jpgABC News anchor and reporter Bob Woodruff, who was seriously injured while reporting on the war in Iraq, will visit campus Mar. 4 with his wife, Lee Woodruff. The Woodruffs will speak in SMU’s 2007-08 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Bob Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories throughout the country and the world for the network. He became co-anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight” in December 2005. On Jan. 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Woodruff suffered traumatic brain injury from a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. Since then, he has returned to work at ABC News and currently is undergoing outpatient rehabilitation in the New York area. In February 2007, Bob and Lee Woodruff released In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, a personal memoir about Bob’s recovery from the attack and the medical and family support that helped him heal.

The Woodruffs will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Mar. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Limited seating may be available; faculty and staff members are encouraged to come to the Ballroom and wait to be seated. Learn more at smu.edu/tate.