Four Coolest TV News Lawyers

4.  Bob Woodruff: ABC News Anchor

bob-woodruff Law School: University of Michigan Law School (Rank 9 = T14). Score: 4

Company He Keeps: Woodruff is a family man, and the only company he’s been keeping for the last twenty years is his beautiful wife, Lee, with whom he has four kids. Score: 3

War Story: Have you been in the sh*t? Bob Woodruff has been in the sh*t. How’s this for a war story?  After being named co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight in January 2005, Woodruff was reporting on security forces in Iraq when he and his cameraman were severely injured by a roadside bomb in January 2006. He returned to television a little more than a year later, having overcome traumatic brain injury, which led to a continued career as if he never missed a beat. He’s even since returned to Iraq. Whether the topic is the war in Iraq, North Korea, or witnessing a student revolution in China, Woodruff is completely engaging as an interviewee and certainly commands a room. Score: 10

Controversy: We’re sure there are some, but Woodruff has been a public figure for more than two decades and hasn’t had many spats. While that’s admirable on one level, it’ll cost him here. Score: 2

Best In Breed: Co-anchor for a network evening news show is one step below perfect, but Woodruff didn’t hold that post long (did we mention he was almost killed while on assignment in Iraq?), but we’ll give him some extra points for toughness. He’s even made the Earth his new bitch—with a sense of humor. Score: 9.5

Money: Woodruff made a six-figure salary as an associate at Shearman and Sterling, but he didn’t stick around long enough to make partner, opting instead to earn a paltry sum working his way up as a small-market journalist. True, he eventually made it all the way to the top as co-anchor of World News Tonight, but the network bucks were short lived and replaced by huge medical expenses. Sure, there has been a book deal, but it seems like he’s more a man of passion. Score: 4

Total Score: 32.5

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  1. Craig

    September 1, 2009 at 7:02 am

    This article is classic.  I didn’t find any of the guys particularly “cool,” but the post is hysterical nonetheless.

  2. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 7:08 am

    What is this, Alma day?

  3. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Rose talks too much.

  4. BL1Y

    September 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Gee, I hope some batshit insane unsexed self-important delusional shrew doesn’t call me a little boy in comparison to these real men.

  5. Anon

    September 1, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Abrams wins.  Gets the ladies.  Not sure I get it, but the facts are the facts.

  6. anon

    September 1, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Ya Abrams wins.

  7. BL1Y

    September 1, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Abrams didn’t win because cool goes beyond what women think of you.  If you judge your coolness solely by how girls treat you, you’ll never be cool.

  8. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    for my money it’s Watson.

  9. BL1Y

    September 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Sorry, but resorting to race baiting to get attention is not cool.  Besides, “socialist” isn’t the new code for the n-word.  The code word is “Mondays.”

  10. Bravo

    September 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Great stuff, humorous and enjoyed.

  11. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    That Rose interviewing Rose video is hilarious.

  12. BL1Y

    September 1, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    “That Rose interviewing Rose video is hilarious.” QFT!  The only thing that would be better is Michael Showalter interviewing Michael Showalter.

  13. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    who’s race baiting?

  14. BL1Y

    September 1, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Carlos Watson, he’s claiming that people are using “socialist” as code for the n-word.  Everyone knows white people don’t use that code though, we says Mondays.

  15. Lawyer Bob

    September 1, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    You really think Watson is race baiting, BL1Y? I don’t agree with Watson, but that’s hardly race baiting. If anything, he’s arguing that others are race baiting by using a new code. Not sure if his argument holds water, but then again neither does your generalization about white people.

  16. Anonymous

    September 2, 2009 at 12:47 am

    These guys are not that cool.  Abrams maybe, but the rest of them?  Come on.

  17. BL1Y

    September 2, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Making ridiculous claims of racism is race baiting.

  18. KateLaw

    September 2, 2009 at 4:17 am

    I liked the reference to Us Weekly… pretty sure I said something about it when I commented on their hottest females article a couple weeks ago.

  19. Lawyer Bob

    September 2, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Yes, making “ridiculous” claims of racism is race baiting. But the keyword is ridiculous. If you’re telling me that there’s no racist backlash out there at these town halls and tea parties, Mr. BL1Y, then I don’t even know where to begin with you. FACT: There is racism in this country. FACT: That racism is seldom overt, and if often takes the form of code words. Just ask anyone what “urban male” means. So, when Watson goes to talk about this, I don’t think he’s race baiting, even if his conclusions are incorrect. Race baiting, would be to bring up race out of nowhere and then use it to advocate for a particular position.

  20. das

    December 11, 2009 at 7:30 am

    What about ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack?  The guy they bring on whenever they are talking contracts or some idiot shoots himself in the leg or “makes it rain” then punches a girl in the face.

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