Robert "Bob" Warren Woodruff was born on August 18, 1961 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, he earned a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Michigan Law School in 1987.

Bob Woodruff, attorney, joined the firm of Shearman and Sterling where he practised insolvency and bankruptcy law.

But by 1989, because of his language skills (he also speaks German and Mandarin), the handsome young lawyer had landed a job teaching law in Beijing, China.

His first taste with journalism occurred during the Tienanmen Square incident of 1989 when ABC asked him to serve as an interpreter.

Bob WoodruffWoodruff was bitten by the television bug and he quit the law to join NBC as a television reporter for KCPM-TV in Redding, California. He then moved to a CBS affiliate in Virginia and an ABC station in Phoenix in 1994.

In 1996, ABC News recruited him and he enjoyed tenures in Chicago and London. One of his responsibilities was as the ABC News Justice Department correspondent in Washington. This brought him back to law as he covered the offices of the Attorney General, the FBI and ATF.

In December 2005, the 44-year old's big break arrived and he was named to replace Peter Jennings as co-host of the popular ABC World News Tonight. But his tenure would last 27 days.

He decided to go to Iraq to experience and report on America's war efforts. On January 29, 2006, he stuck his upper torso to monitor the work of his camera-man (Doug Vogt, who also survived the attack) from the rear top hatch of their armored vehicle. At that moment, the vehicle was hit by an Iraqi insurgent's explosive device. Although both were wearing full body armor suits and helmets, Woodruff was so seriously wounded on the left side of his head and neck that he was held in an induced coma for 36 days to assist in reducing the swelling from his wound. A large portion of his skull was removed.

Finally, by early March, Woodruff was recovering but given the extent of brain injuries suffered, a long journey lay ahead.Bob Woodruff convalescing

In the circumstances, ABC eventually replaced Woodruff as anchor of World News Tonight and by February of 208, Woodruff was making the rounds of talk shows,such as Oprah, to promote his documentary on his experience, To Iraq And Back, and to elucidate the public on the issues faced by the brain injured. Typical journalist, he dutifully recorded his recovery including numerous - some gruesome (see adjacent image taken 2 days after his coma was lifted), some poignant - images of his recovery.

In March of 2008, ABC gave Woodruff his own environmental affairs show: Focus Earth. He has also started, an Internet resource for injured members of the Armed Forces.

In July of 2009, he briefly ventured back to Iraq and Afghanistan for an ABC News  report.