Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Prayers For Bob Woodruff

Just about 10 years ago, I was fortunate to have worked as a reporter for KNXV-TV in Phoenix, AZ.

ABC News' Anchorman Bob Woodruff and I began there at the same time. I'll never forget reading the press release announcement that we were joining the staff and wondering, "who the heck is Bob Woodruff?" Once I met him, I realized what a power-house journalist he was. But more importantly, he was a gentleman who always complimented others on their stories and always went above and beyond for the story. He's the kind of guy you admire and never forget.

One story he reported on that truly STUCK out for me was a story he did on air bags, here. (I'm happy that KNXV-TV is combing through their file footage for Bob.) Just watch it. He had everyone in the newsroom scared to death because he was injured; but he went on with the story handling it like a real reporter. The airbag hit him so hard and it was ALL caught on tape. Me...I know I would have cried with the force of the impact.

Fast forward to today. I'm watching Bob on television fighting for his life. I'm also watching my own journalism students innocently putting together their packages for their news broadcast mid-term project. My thoughts keep going to the notion that you never know what life has in store for you. Because ten years ago I never thought I'd be working as an educator; now reflecting on the dangers of being a news person, maybe I made the right decision.

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