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From AJR,   July/August 2002

In the Mix?   

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff gives up full-time foreign reporting for the anchor desk on “World News Tonight Saturday.”

By Kathryn S. Wenner
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at the Washington Post.     


ABC News selects correspondent Bob Woodruff to replace Aaron Brown as one of two alternate anchors for "World News Tonight Saturday." Brown left more than a year ago for CNN (see "A High-Profile Debut," December). Woodruff, 40, says he has mixed feelings about relocating from London to New York. "This is the job I had always wanted to do when I got into journalism, to cover events like the intifada, Afghanistan, war crimes, the fall of Slobodan Milosevic. It's been a dream come true for me." He'll continue to report for "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight" and "Nightline." In the wake of talk about succession at the Big Three, including NBC's announcement that Brian Williams will anchor "Nightly News" after Tom Brokaw steps down in 2004, the Hollywood Reporter speculated that the move brings Woodruff into the stable of possible future replacements for Peter Jennings, whose contract expires this summer. "I think it's very, very premature to talk about anything like that," says Woodruff. Adds an ABC News spokesman, "Right now we have every hope and expectation that Peter is going to be our principal anchor for many years to come."

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