Woodruff (born August 18, 1961, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) is an American television journalist. His career in journalism dates back to 1989, but is best-known for succeeding Peter Jennings as co-anchor of ABC News' weekday news broadcast, World News Tonight in January 2006. Later the same month he was critically wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
Woodruff's parents are Robert, Sr., and Fran Woodruff. Bob and his wife Lee McConaughy were married in 1988 and have four children.
He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he graduated from the private Cranbrook Kingswood school in 1979. He earned a B.A in 1983 from Colgate University, where he also played lacrosse -- finishing his career with 184 point, second all-time at Colgate. Woodruff earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1987. He is an alumnus of Theta Chi Fraternity. He is fluent in German and Mandarin, in addition to his native English.
After graduating from law school, he worked as a bankruptcy associate at Shearman & Sterling. In 1989, while Woodruff was teaching law in Beijing, CBS News hired him as an on-screen interpreter during the Tiananmen Square incident. Shortly after this experience, he left the practice of law and became a full-time correspondent, initially working for several local stations, then moving to ABC News in 1996.