Squaw Valley Institute presented
Bob Woodruff June 6, 2015 at Olympic Valley Lodge
Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) was honored to present award winning American television journalist Bob Woodruff on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Woodruff’s career in journalism dates back to 1989, he is widely known for succeeding Peter Jennings as co-anchor of ABC News‘s broadcast World News Tonight. In 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces for ABC’s “World News Tonight”, a roadside bomb seriously injured Bob and his life changed in an instant. Bob’s traumatic brain injury nearly killed him. Just 13 months later, Bob returned to ABC News with “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports.” Since then, he has reported from around the globe on a variety of subjects for the network. He was honored with a Peabody Award for his reporting on traumatic brain injury. In his best selling memoir, “In an Instant”, co-authored with his wife, he shares stories about the fragility of life, the strength of family, and the bravery of those who helped save him.
His miraculous recovery inspired his family to do one thing: Give our injured heroes access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. In 2006, Bob founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation; Helping heroes on the home front. This national nonprofit is dedicated to ensuring that post-9/11 injured service members, veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home. Since 2006, they have invested $25 million in 110 programs nationwide reaching more than 2 million service members, veterans and caregivers.
Bob Woodruff’s youngest brother Woody Woodruff from Truckee, CA will introduce Bob on June 6 and tell of the family’s experience through the recovery period and how incredibly important community and family support are in long-term recoveries. In 1989 Bob lived in China teaching American law to Chinese law students. Bob’s first international journalism opportunity started with his involvement with Tiananmen Square. Bob continues to be on assignment reporting from Asia, especially China. “It is the fastest-growing part of the world. The US military concentration is shifting in that direction and so are the concerns about the Chinese economy and how it impacts the world.” Bob Woodruff
This event was a fundraiser to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the Squaw Valley Institute. A special thanks to Squaw Valley and the Olympic Village Lodge for helping to make this event a great success. There was an inspiring public Q & A following Bob Woodruff’s presentation. Patrons also joined the Squaw Valley Institute for a special dinner at Graham’s following the event.