Is Bob Woodruff Married? Who is His Wife? Does He Have Kids?

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Bob Woodruff is one of the leading news reporters in the country and has been a significant member of the ABC News group. After joining ABC News in 1996 as a reporter, Bob has served in various roles, including co-anchoring ‘ABC World News Tonight’ in 2006. As a reporter, Bob has traveled worldwide, covering some of the most important events and news reports, including the horrific natural calamities that hit Japan, the election of Pope Benedict XVI, the war in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks, and the demise of Pope John Paul II, in his career spanning over 30 years.

Bob made headlines on January 29, 2006, when he was gravely wounded by a roadside bomb that damaged his car in Taji, Iraq, whilst covering the Iraq War and the US and Iraqi security troops. Following a major brain surgery wherein a part of his skull was removed and after over a month in a coma, Bob recovered and made his ABC News comeback with his first on-air report in February 2007.

Since then, he has reached new heights with his work as a host and news correspondent on documentaries and shows including ‘To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports,’ ‘China Inside Out: Bob Woodruff Reports,’ and ‘Good Morning America,’ Bob has also received several awards such as the Peabody Award in 2008, and co-founded The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) in 2006. Looking at his illustrious career, many must be curious about Bob Woodruff’s personal life. Well, here’s everything we found out!

Bob Woodruff’s Family and Background

A native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Robert “Bob” Warren Woodruff was born to real-estate-agent-parents, Frances Ann (Dawson) and Robert Norman Woodruff Jr. He completed his schooling at Cranbrook Kingswood school and graduated with a BA degree from Colgate University in 1983. He then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1987 and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He also has three brothers, James, Michael, and David Woodruff. The latter is a mathematician and professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Sadly, the Woodruff family lost their mother in June 2013, reportedly after a long and strong battle with Alzheimer’s. Their father, Robert Norman Woodruff Jr. breathed his last in June 2021. He was 91-years-old and lived in an assisted living apartment. Announcing his demise, Bob shared a post along with a heartfelt caption that read: “Early this morning my family and I had to say goodbye to our father who lived for more than 91 years. He created us, raised us and loved his 4 sons without ever slowing down. He told us that he was ready to go and join our mom so I know that he is happy.”

Bob Woodruff’s Wife

Bob Woodruff has been happily married to Lee McConaughy since September 11, 1988. Interestingly, Lee was also a student and met Bob at Colgate University, graduating with a BA degree in English in 1982. A year senior to Bob, Lee has also been in the field of communications and journalism for more than 30 years and has achieved several accolades in her career. She began working as an on-air spokesperson and contributor to Family Fun magazine in 2002, and has since been a journalist for shows like ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘CBS This Morning.’

Lee has been a writer, and a keynote speaker at many important events, particularly after working actively to help her husband recover from the deadly injury in 2006. She has authored three books, the first of them being co-written by Bob, named ‘In an Instant,’ which was about their journey to recovery after the injury, and became a New York Times best-selling book. Her other two best-selling books are ‘Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress’ and ‘Those We Love Most.’ Additionally, Lee is the co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is a non-profit organization working to help injured veterans, service members, and their families to recover from physical and mental traumas of war.

Bob Woodruff’s Children

Bob and Lee Woodruff are proud parents to four adult children. Their first child is their son Macklin (Mack) Robert (31), then daughter Cathryn (27), and lastly, twin daughters Claire and Nora (22). Mack Woodruff is a Colgate University graduate and a professional photographer and videographer. In his own words, he describes himself, as saying, “For me, photography is a way of expressing what I care about. I am an American photographer with an undying love for documentary photography. I shoot lifestyle, portraits, and landscapes as well.” Mack co-hosted the Disney+ and National Geographic series, ‘Rogue Trip w/ Mack & Bob Woodruff’ along with his father.

Their second daughter Cathryn Woodruff is the co-founder of a personal care product start-up called Plus Products. She first graduated with BA in English Language and Literature, and Hispanic Studies from Boston College in 2015. She then got an honors degree in a 1-year business certificate program from Harvard Business School Online. She has worked in the field of communications and journalism for many years in companies like The Heights, Venture for America, and Banza, before launching her own business. In April 2022, it was announced that she got engaged to her boyfriend, Avery.

Their twin daughters are recent college graduates. Claire Woodruff graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Duke University in 2022. She has done some impressive work along with her sister Nora during the pandemic, by co-founding Remote Learning Pals Inc., a not-for-profit corporation to help “acutely affected children and relief for their families” affected by COVID-19. She now works as a Higher Education Consulting Analyst at Huron and lives in New York.

Nora Woodruff, on the other hand, is a Brown University graduate with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Economics, and now lives in New York. Apart from working as a co-founder of the remote learning platform, Nora also worked as a Campus Leader for Adventis in her college and interned as an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley. Thus, the Woodruff family is doing extremely well in their respective fields and always shows love and support towards each other. Bob and Lee Woodruff are living their life to the fullest, enjoying themselves with their children and visiting numerous places around the world. We only wish them more success and happiness in the future ahead.

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