Woodruff returns for primetime special


NEW YORK -- ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff will return to the air in primetime next spring with a primetime special that will document what happened since he was critically wounded in a roadside bombing in Iraq last January.

Woodruff and a cameraman, Doug Vogt, were injured when the Iraqi armored vehicle they were riding atop was attacked by a roadside bomb outside Baghdad on Jan. 29, 2006. While Vogt's injuries were less severe, Woodruff's life was saved by the quick action of the military medics on the scene and at the American military hospital. Woodruff went through an extensive period of treatment and recovery, and he has been recovering outside New York while also visiting the ABC News headquarters since the summer.

Woodruff's primetime report will include interviews with the medics and others who were at the scene when the attack occurred, and the personnel at the military hospital, as well of the plight of service members severely wounded in Iraq and their families back home.

Meanwhile, Random House announced Thursday that it had signed a deal with Woodruff's wife, Lee, to write a book on the experiences along with her husband. It will not just focus on the attack and its aftermath but also Woodruff's earlier experiences as a lawyer and reporter in China and other milestones in their careers and family life.

"No one knows exactly just how they might or might not behave in a crisis until it drops out of the sky and knocks you down like a bandit, stealing your future," Lee Woodruff wrote in an excerpt released by Random House. "Sudden tragic events ... teach us more about ourselves than most of us ever cared to know."

Random House said part of the proceeds of the book will go to organizations that support armed-service members who sustained traumatic brain injuries.