Tiananmen to Pyongyang, Kabul to Baghdad: A Reporter's Inspiring Journey


Asia: Beyond the Headlines

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with reporter Bob Woodruff prior to an interview on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2015.

Ten years ago, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff appeared to have it all. A wife and four children, a top job at a major news organization, a passport to cover the world’s most important stories. Then, in January 2006, the armored vehicle he was in was struck by a roadside bomb. He nearly died that day.

It was, of course, a life-altering moment. But long before that moment — and in the decade since — his journey has been marked by distinguished journalism across Asia. Nearly three decades ago he was in China, a Mandarin speaker and a would-be lawyer, when the crackdown on Tiananmen Square was carried out in 1989; he served as a translator for CBS News anchor Dan Rather. He became a foreign correspondent, returning to China, and was among the first reporters to enter Afghanistan after the  September 11, 2001 attacks and among the first to report from Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003. He has traveled eight times to North Korea — including a trip made earlier this year — and made three trips to Rakhine State and the border areas between Bangladesh and Myanmar, to cover the plight of the Rohingya minority.

Join us for a special program with Bob Woodruff — a conversation about Asia, about the many issues he has covered on the continent, and about the remarkable and inspiring personal journey he has made since that awful day, more than a decade ago. Lee Woodruff will join for part of the conversation.

Tomn Nagorski

Tom Nagorski (moderator) is Executive Vice President of Asia Society. He joined the Asia Society following a three-decade career in journalism — having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News.

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Thu 01 Feb 2018
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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