Friday, April 24, 2015

9th Annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing 2-Fly Tournament

I have been invited to do media coverage for the second year in a row for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing's Annual 2-Fly Tournament. I'm heading down to VA tomorrow morning bright and early and you'll have the privilege of following along all weekend via social media and a live Instagram feed here on the blog both Saturday and Sunday.

For those of you who followed along last year, or follow PHWFF, you know how amazing these events and that organization are. I was truly touched last year, and attending/covering 2-Fly was one of the most touching things I've ever done, with an impact on my life that changed the way I view this sport and its capabilities.

Needless to say, I'm beyond stoked to cover this year's 9th Annual 2-Fly. As information has started to trickle out via PHWFF, I'm going to keep you informed this week about next month's event down in Syria, VA at Rose River Farm. To read about last year's event, click here...Day 1 and Day 2

As a great start to keeping you informed, I'd like to introduce you to Bob Woodruff, this year's keynote speaker. Click below to read on...


The 9th Annual 2-Fly Tournament to support Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is being held April 25 & 26, 2015 at beautiful Rose River Farm. We’re pleased to announce that Bob Woodruff will give the keynote address during the Saturday night dinner on April 25, 2015.
"Bob Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories throughout the country and around the world for the network. He was named co-anchor of "ABC World News Tonight" in December 2005. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq.
In February 2007, just 13 months after being wounded in Iraq, Woodruff returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, "To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports." The hour-long, primetime documentary chronicled his traumatic brain injury (TBI), his painstaking recovery and the plight of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar injuries. Woodruff continues to cover traumatic brain injuries for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms and was honored with a Peabody Award in 2008 for his reporting on the subject.
Since returning to the air, Woodruff has reported from around the globe -- North Korea on the country's denuclearization process, Syria and Jordan on the exodus of Iraqi refugees in those countries, and from war-torn Sudan. In 2008 ABC News aired his critically acclaimed documentary "China Inside Out," a closer look at how China's rapid rise impacts us all and the beginning of what's being called "The Chinese Century."
In an August 2008 exclusive on "Nightline," former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards admitted in an interview with Woodruff that he had repeatedly lied about an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, a campaign employee.  In 2011, Woodruff covered the trial of John Edwards, who was accused and ultimately found not guilty of conspiring to violate campaign finance laws.
Woodruff has travelled to North Korea four times, most recently in 2011 to cover the secretive nation’s long range missile launch. Woodruff went to Japan one month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami to report on the race to stabilize the nuclear reactors. He has covered the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, traveling extensively with the young members of the Royal Family. 
Previously Woodruff was anchor of the weekend edition of "World News Tonight" and one of ABC News' top correspondents. He was ABC's lead correspondent on the 2004 Asian tsunami, reporting from Banda Aceh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
Before moving to New York in 2002, Woodruff worked out of ABC News' London Bureau. After the September 11 attacks, he was among the first Western reporters into Pakistan and was one of ABC's lead foreign correspondents during the war in Afghanistan, reporting from Kabul and Kandahar on the fall of the Taliban. His overseas reporting of the fallout from September 11 was part of ABC News' coverage recognized with the Alfred I. duPont Award and the George Foster Peabody Award, the two highest honors in broadcast journalism. He was also a part of the ABC News team recognized with a duPont Award for live coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
Before becoming a journalist, Woodruff was an attorney. In 1989, while teaching law in Beijing, he was hired by CBS News to work as a translator during the Tiananmen Square uprising, and a short time later he changed careers. As ABC's Justice Department correspondent in Washington in the late 1990s, he covered the office of Attorney General Janet Reno, the FBI and ATF.
Prior to joining ABC News, Woodruff was a reporter for KCPM-TV, the NBC affiliate in Redding, California, from 1991-92; for the CBS affiliate WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia from 1992-94; and for KNXV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona from 1994-96. He joined ABC News in 1996, based in the network's Chicago bureau.
In February 2007, Woodruff and his wife, Lee, co-wrote a bestselling memoir, In an Instant, chronicling his injuries in Iraq and how their family persevered through a time of intense trauma and uncertainty. The Woodruff family established the Bob Woodruff Foundation(BWF) to raise money to assist injured service members, veterans and their families.  PHWFF Receives Grant from The Bob Woodruff Foundation>>
Woodruff has a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a BA from Colgate University. He and Lee have four children.

The Project Healing Waters 2-Fly Tournament at Rose River Farm is our flagship fundraiser.  Featuring a seated dinner, top flight speakers, special guests, silent auction, and a full-day of fly fishing tournament action with PHWFF participants from across the country.  Entering into its 9th Year, this great weekend event brings participants, volunteers, and supporters from across the U.S. to Rose River Farm for a fun and powerful weekend held to support the veterans served by our 180+ Programs nationwide. 


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