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ABC's Charlie Gibson retiring this month

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 1st 2009 8:01PM
To the three of you who still watch the news on a regular basis, here's some news you would have seen coming.

ABC World News' lead anchor Charlie Gibson has announced his retirement. He will leave the show on Dec. 18 and Diane Sawyer will take over the anchor's chair on Dec. 21.

He has only been the station's lead news anchor since May of 2006 when he stepped in for Bob Woodruff who sustained injuries from a roadside bomb in Iraq. Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas replaced World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings who left due to medical reasons.

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Earth 2100 was terrible and it really shouldn't have been

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 4th 2009 5:03PM
Earth 2100On Tuesday night, ABC News aired a special: Earth 2100. It was to give us a speculative look at the next 90 years based on scientific analysis and scenarios. The idea was to "scare us straight" with the worst possible scenario, and it was certainly bleak. According to these experts the worst possible scenario has life as we know it eradicated, cities destroyed and the global population dwindling below 3.5 billion. The message is about the importance of taking care of our natural resources and doing something about our negative impact on the planet. Important stuff, yeah?

It took me a couple days to figure out how to write about it, because I really hated it and I wasn't even sure why. Maybe it was Lucy's fictional narrative, shown in static drawings instead of computer imagery or special effects. Telling us about the ocean levels rising and changing the map may have had more impact if you'd shown us that map? Hell, their image for the flooding of the subways was a photo of a subway tunnel with poorly layered running water where the tracks are. You're not going to scare people into changing with 1960s era effects.

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Bob Woodruff to host weekly 'eco-newscast'

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 24th 2008 7:20AM
bob woodruffThis summer Discovery is launching a "green" television channel, called Planet Green. ABC newsman Bob Woodruff is slated to anchor an eco-friendly newscast for the new network. The newscast is described as "in-depth news for half an hour each week."

It'll be interesting to see what the story count is for this half hour of news. CBS Sunday Morning is something that I would consider to look "in-depth" at stories and it takes an hour-and-a-half to do that each week. The "green" newscast will focus on scientific analysis, as well as debates on issues. It's being produced by ABC News, where Woodruff is a correspondent.

This is a very different direction for Woodruff, who was briefly co-anchor of ABC World News Tonight until he was seriously injured in a roadside bombing in Iraq.

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The Daily Show: March 5, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 5th 2007 11:59PM
Jon Stewart"M*E*S*S": God, this was so depressing. Our wounded soldiers are being treated in awful conditions. Senior Military Analyst John Oliver elaborated on the situation. There is no longer any doubt in my mind: John Oliver lives in the Daily Show studio.

"Dodge Caravan": What was up with that Tony Snow clip? It looked like it was pulled from, like, YouTube or something. Damn interns and their inability to find high-quality clips. Anyway, this segment actually managed to top the "M*E*S*S" bit and make me even more depressed. What a downer.

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Bob Woodruff faces the press for first time since attack

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 26th 2007 6:43PM
Bob WoodruffLast month, I wrote about a special that ABC's Bob Woodruff, who was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in January of 2006, was putting together. The special was to discuss his recovery and interview eyewitnesses to the attack, and the military medical personnel who helped get him to safety. That special airs tomorrow night at 10 PM on his home network.

In advance of that special, Woodruff spoke to reporters about the bombing and his recovery. He described what he saw and felt right before the explosion, and what he said to cameraman Doug Vogt -- who was also severely injured -- right afterwards. He talked about being in a coma for 36 days, and having to put his memory back together as he recovered. "I couldn't remember my two young daughters - not their names but their existence," he told the reporters. He did say he may not ever be 100% recovered from his injuries, but "maybe if I get somewhere in the 90s, that would be pretty damned good."

Woodruff will be interviewed by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America tomorrow morning, and Oprah Winfrey will also interview him on her show tomorrow.

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ABC to air Woodruff special on Feb. 27

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 9th 2007 10:23AM
Bob WoodruffA few months ago, I mentioned that ABC's Bob Woodruff, who was injured in Iraq last January, will be making a special for the network about his recovery. Well, the AP is reporting that an air date for the special has been set: tentatively titled To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports, it will air on February 27.

In the special, Woodruff will not only talk about his long recovery process from his injuries, but he'll also speak to the medical personnel that helped him, as well as eyewitnesses to the roadside bomb attack. He'll also profile military rescue teams that work to get injured soldiers out of harm's way and to various field hospitals.

As was also announced this past fall, Woodruff and his wife Lee will also write a memoir on his recovery, to be published by Random House.

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Bob Woodruff working on special and book about recovery

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 20th 2006 3:01PM
Bob WoodruffThe AP reports that Bob Woodruff, who was severely injured by a roadside bomb while working in Iraq last January, will make his first on-screen appearance since the injury this spring. He will appear in a prime-time special that detailed his long recovery process.

In the special, Woodruff will interview eyewitnesses to the explosion and the medical teams that helped get him to safety and saved his life. He will also talk to other soldiers who have been injured in Iraq, as well as their families. Woodruff and his wife Lynn are also working on a book for Random House about his injury and recovery affected him and his family. The book will also talk about the couple's history together.

After the special airs, Woodruff will also begin to work more regularly at ABC News, but his role is uncertain, since he lost his World News anchor spot to Charles Gibson earlier this year.

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Bob Woodruff eases back in at ABC News

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 15th 2006 10:44AM
bob woodruffBob Woodruff, the ABC News anchor who was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq last January, will soon start appearing in some primetime newscasts. His first assignment is to report on himself-- the attack and his recovery. ABC is calling his recovery "miraculous". He spent the summer recuperating with his family, where his wife says he played tennis, drove the boat and even did pilates with his sister-in-law.

ABC says Woodruff will slowly return starting this fall, but he's not getting his anchor chair back. That's all Charlie's now. Do you think there's an awkward relationship there? Bob didn't even have his anchoring gig for a month before the attack.

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Bob Woodruff visits ABC newsroom

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 14th 2006 9:14PM
bob woodruffABC has a short story with video on its website (scroll down to the Entertainment section) of former World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff's surprise visit to the newsroom on Tuesday. In the video, Woodruff is all smiles and looks pretty good, if not a little beat up. The explosion in Iraq that injured him and a photographer in January did damage his face, head and body.

As you can see in the picture, Woodruff now has a little hair on what was once a shaved head, where doctors performed several surgeries to save his life. (His wife is the blonde woman in the background) Woodruff told his colleagues that he was unconscious for 36 days after the explosion. He spent three months in the hospital and is now receiving out-patient rehabilitation at a New York clinic. Charlie Gibson has been named anchor of World News Tonight and Woodruff's future with ABC News is still uncertain.

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Bob Woodruff leaves the hospital -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 16th 2006 9:04PM
bob woodruff releasedABC News anchor Bob Woodruff was released from a military hospital today, six weeks after being seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He suffered injuries to his neck, head, face, and chest and will requires many more months of rehabilitation, first in a private facility and then at his home. When he was released, doctors say he was laughing and joking with family and staff. Doug Vogt, the ABC cameraman also injured in the explosion, was released from the hospital in February.

ABC News has said that Woodruff is welcome to return to the anchor chair when he is ready. In the meantime, Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson have been subbing for him. ABC will dedicate Monday's entire episode of World News Tonight to the third anniversary of the Iraq war.

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ABC photographer home from hospital -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 25th 2006 11:14AM
Cameraman Doug Vogt is out of the hospital and headed to the home he shares with his wife in France. Vogt and ABC World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff were riding with a military convoy outside of Baghdad last month when the vehicle they were riding in hit a roadside bomb. Both men were treated by military personnel and flown to Germany and then America for treatment. Vogt was released from Bethesda Medical Center this week, but Woodruff remains sedated. Doctors say Woodruff may be able to move to a care facility near his home in New York in the next few weeks.

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Gibson and Sawyer to sub for Woodruff on World News Tonight

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 1st 2006 2:22PM
Gibson and Sawyer to sub for Woodruff
on WNTABC announced today that Good Morning America's anchor duo of Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer will fill in for Bob Woodruff on World News Tonight. As everyone knows, Woodruff suffered severe injuries in an IED explosion in Iraq. Because his injuries will keep him out of action indefinitely, ABC News president David Westin decided to preserve the dual-anchor format that Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas started on January 3. To that end, Gibson and Sawyer will take turns co-anchoring WNT with Vargas until Woodrufff is well enough to return.

I would imagine that both Gibson and Sawyer won't venture out into the field much, so look for Vargas to be taking the "intrepid reporter" role so that Westin's vision of having at least one anchor in the field can continue.

The irony, of course, is that Gibson was passed over for Vargas and Woodruff when the permanent pairing was announced in December.

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Injured ABC journalists return to USA -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 1st 2006 8:56AM
World News Tonight anchorman Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt arrived in the United States last night and are being treated at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. ABC says it considered moving the men to a private hospital but decided against it since the military doctors have experience treating victims of bombings. The picture at the right is of soldiers loading Woodruff on transport that would take him to a C-17 military plane in Germany. You can see from all the medical instruments, his injuries are very serious. Woodruff's family reports that he was hit in the face and brain with shrapnel when the Iraqi military vehicle he and Vogt were riding in hit a roadside bomb just outside Baghdad, Iraq over the weekend. Vogt, on the other hand, is reportedly in much better condition. He was laughing and making jokes while at the hospital in Germany, whereas Woodruff could barely open his eyes.

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ABC News anchor seriously injured in Iraq

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 29th 2006 6:23PM
Co-anchor of World News Tonight Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were injured when the vehicle they were riding in hit a roadside bomb early Sunday morning. The two apparently were standing up in a hatch, filming a story in the vehicle as it drove along.

The two are listed in stable but critical condition, after being flown to the "green zone" where military doctors operated on them. ABC is providing continuous updates on their conditions here.

Concidentally, today's Washington Post features an article about Woodruff and his co-anchor, Elizabeth Vargas. In the article, Woodruff says his goal is "to be the best damn foreign correspondent I could be."

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