Bob Woodruff Stops By ABC Newsroom

The injured anchor surprises his colleagues with a welcome visit

A fit-looking Bob Woodruff paid a visit to ABC’s New York City newsroom on Tuesday, his first since he was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq on Jan. 29.

Woodruff, who sustained a head injury and broken bones in the attack, surprised his colleagues, who quickly gathered around him, the Associated Press reports. His wife, Lee, accompanied him.

“I missed you all,” said Woodruff, according to the New York Post. “I woke up in this hospital and I looked up and I just thought about you guys and I thought about everything I wanted badly to come back to. Man, it’s good to be here.”

“It’s the first time many here had seen him, and he was greeted by a spontaneous round of applause,” ABC News executive producer Jon Banner noted in the World News Tonight Web log. “You could literally see the emotion in each hug. There was barely a dry eye.”

It’s unclear when Woodruff will return to work and what his duties will be. At the time of his injury, he and Elizabeth Vargas co-anchored World News Tonight. Vargas, who is expecting a baby, has since left the show and Charles Gibson is now the sole anchor of the broadcast.

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