Thursday, December 29, 2005


Bob Woodruff takes over officially as co-anchor of the ABC World News Tonight next week and I read that his first assignment will be to go on the road--- to the pleasant country of Iran. Nice. Fun part of the world that is.

Here's an article from the Detroit Free Press on his upbringing in Michigan and his rise to the top. Seems he was a huge geek in school who even took classes in Mandarin Chinese, which led to his entry into the news business as a translator for CBS News in 1989. Maybe I should take Chinese classes, too. Good way to get hired.

Bob Woodruff also has a law degree from the University of Michigan and practised in New York and San Francisco as a corporate attorney for a number of years. Woodruff is the first ex-lawyer, I do believe, to anchor the evening news in the United States, a job high school dropouts were once able to get. Now even a bachelor's degree is no longer enough; you now need a law degree and several years experience on Wall Street working for name law firms before you're considered qualified to even work in hard news in even a tiny TV market!

Woodruff is one of many ex-lawyers to enter the TV news business: a motley crew that includes the rather frightening likes of Nancy Grace, Geraldo Rivera, Greta Van Susteren, Star Jones and Jerry Springer.

Other less-frightening ex-lawyers in TV news include Mark Haines (Squawk Box); Tim Russert of NBC's Meet the Press; Fred Graham, Catherine Crier and everyone else at Court TV; Jim Moret; Chris Cuomo of ABC; Erin Moriarty at CBS News' 48 Hours Investigates, CNN's Richard Quest (LL.B), and several others I've no doubt forgotten to mention. So yes, lawyers, there is hope for you outside your crummy law firms, you can go into TV. You may as well quit today.

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