GREENWICH, Conn. – Lee Woodruff, a CBS reporter and author, was chosen as the Greenwich High School commencement speaker for the class of 2012 graduation ceremonies on June 20.
Woodruff, a Rye, N.Y resident, is also the wife of former ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides resources to injured service members, veterans and their families. She is a New York Times bestselling author for her 2007 book, “In An Instant, A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing,” about the brain injury her husband suffered while embedded with American troops in Iraq in 2006 and the recovery that followed.
Woodruff is a contributing reporter for “CBS This Morning,” reporting on a variety of home, current events and family related topics. Her most recent best-selling book “Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress,” will be followed by her first novel, “Those We Love Most,” which will be published in September 2012.
Spencer Hyman, senior class president, said the class of 2012 is “privileged” to have Woodruff speak at graduation.
“She and her husband both have overcome adversity and have the ability to look back on it with a smile,” Hyman said in a prepared statement. “She is held with great respect around the world, and the graduating class and all that attend surely can learn something from her words of wisdom.”
Greenwich High School guidance counselor and senior class advisor Jennifer Lynch said members of the class were moved by the Woodruff's story.
“[The students and class advisors] found her story of her husband's injury and recovery compelling and timely. This class has grown up in a post-9/11 era where the realities of war are a part of their lives," she said. "Lee Woodruff manages to deal with very serious subject matter with levity and a sense of humor, which are also important qualities to us.”