RyeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Woodruff, the former anchor of World News Tonight, presented the David Bloom Award at the event in D.C. last night. He was joined onstage by BloomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s three young daughters. Bloom, an NBC correspondent and close friend of WoodruffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, died in Iraq in 2003. The award, in its second year, honors Ã¢â‚¬Å“excellence in enterprise reporting.Ã¢â‚¬? This yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recipients were Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig, who were kidnapped in Gaza last year. Centanni accepted the award and thanked the many Fox News journalists and executives who helped secure his release.
Woodruff won the award last year, just weeks after being injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was unable to accept. At last eveningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s event, the ABC journalist, who released a book about his recovery (co-authored with his wife Lee) last month, received a lengthy standing ovation from the crowd, which included the top names in news and politics (the president, the first lady, Karl Rove, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, etc.)
Later, when the president spoke, he singled out Woodruff and David BloomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s three daughters.
<blockquote><div>I’m very happy one person who could not be here last year is here tonight and that’s Bob Woodruff. Bob, we know it hasn’t been easy. We admire you all the more for what you’ve overcome. And what you’re still overcoming. And Ava and Christine and Nicole Bloom. Many of us knew your dad. And I know life is hard without him. He was such a fine guy. But one thing we’ve all seen this evening is he has really fine daughters and I know he’d be really proud of you.</div></blockquote>
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)