ABC Anchor, Photographer Improving

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A-B-C News President David Westin says Bob Woodruff may be on his way back to the U-S as soon as tomorrow.

Westin says the seriously wounded news anchor appears to be getting better. He says there's "a long way to go" but Woodruff appears to have improved since a bomb hit him and cameraman Doug Vogt (voht) yesterday in Iraq.

Both had surgery in Iraq before being flown to a military hospital in Germany. Westin says doctors are pleased with how the men handled the transfer to Germany. He says Vogt is in better shape than Woodruff.

The two were traveling in a U-S and Iraqi convoy when the bomb hit. Vogt was filming Woodruff in an Iraqi vehicle when the bomb went off.

Military officials say body armor likely saved their lives.

Woodruff and Doug Vogt (voht) were standing up in the hatch of an Iraqi armored vehicle that was hit by the blast. They were wearing body armor and helmets. No one else was hurt.

The two journalists were embedded with the Fourth U-S Infantry Division. They went with Iraqi troops to report their perspective.

Dozens of journalists have been injured, killed or kidnapped in Iraq since the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The most visible among U-S television reporters was David Bloom of N-B-C News. He died from an apparent blood clot while traveling south of Baghdad in 2003.

The Blooms and Woodruffs were known to be close friends.


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