If there’s ever been anyone worthy of calling himself a Bitter Lawyer, it’s ABC newsman Bob Woodruff. However, despite having a top-notch career interrupted by a near-fatal incident, that is hardly his attitude.
First as a corporate lawyer, and later as a journalist, Woodruff has had a knack for finding himself in harm’s way. As a young lawyer, Woodruff caught the journalism bug while working in China. The year was 1989, and Woodruff went from law professor to CBS News “fixer” overnight when the nation’s young people—some of whom were his students—put their lives on the line in what became known as the Tiananmen Square protests.
Tiananmen Square wasn’t the end of Woodruff’s legal career, but it marked the beginning of Bob Woodruff’s more-public career as a television journalist. In the decades that followed, Woodruff earned a reputation as an effective, no-nonsense reporter for ABC News. He covered stories in international hot spots like North Korea and Iran, as well as domestic disasters like Hurricane Katrina.
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