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ABC News anchor, Bob Woodruff.

ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff to speak
Woodruff to appear at Congregation Beth El in Yardley

-- Joe Lewin

Congregation Beth El in Yardley, Pa., will host a speaker event featuring Bob Woodruff, ABC News Anchor, on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 8:45 pm. Woodruff, an award winning journalist who joined ABC News in 1996, has covered major stories throughout the country and around the world for the network. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. He will speak about his global experiences as well as his rehabilitation from a traumatic brain injury.

In February 2007, just thirteen months after being wounded in Iraq, 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. Woodruff continues to cover traumatic brain injuries for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms.

Woodruff and his wife penned "In an Instant, a Journey of Love and Healing", chronicling his injuries in Iraq and his road to recovery.

Since returning to the air, Woodruff has reported from around the globe – North Korea on the country's denuclearization process, Syria and Jordan on the exodus of Iraqi refugees in those countries, and from war-torn Sudan. Here at home, Woodruff's covered major stories and events including an interview with students who survived the deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech. In July 2008, Woodruff began anchoring "Focus Earth," a weekly eco-newscast for Planet Green, Discovery Communications' 24/7 eco-lifestyle network. Each week, Woodruff covers a variety of subjects ranging from climate impact, environmental policy, political debate and world events.

Woodruff and his wife, Lee, co-wrote the best selling memoir, In an Instant, a Journey of Love and Healing, 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 (BWFF) 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.

Tickets to the speaker event at Congregation Beth El are $50 per person. Congregation Beth El is located at 375 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, Pa. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Sponsorship opportunities, which include a meet and greet with Bob Woodruff at a private dessert reception, are available as well. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Congregation Beth El at (215) 493-1707 or e-mail info@bethelyardley.org.

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