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Coffee with Lee
February 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us for a morning of lively discussion and inspiration as Lee Woodruff brings her signature humor and life experience to a conversation with Gloria Riviera. Sharing her own journey as a mother, sister, wife, girlfriend and unexpected caregiver after her husband, ABC News anchor, Bob Woodruff, was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Lee speaks openly and honestly about the many hats we wear as women and how the concept of “Superwoman” is a myth. Based on her second book of essays, Perfectly Imperfect, Lee, a best-selling author and the former contributor to CBS This Morning and Good Morning America, has a message for everyone about how we need to forgive ourselves and embrace all the imperfections.
As co-author of the New York Times best-selling In an Instant, Lee garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing publicly and on national television since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction.
Woodruff has been a contributing reporter for Good Morning America and currently serves as a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning. Her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel Those We Love Most, which became a New York Times best seller.
Gloria is an ABC News correspondent who covers a wide array of breaking, investigative and feature stories for Good Morning America, World News and Nightline. Gloria has been based in Beijing, London, the United Nations, New York and Washington D.C and has reported across the globe.
In 2017, her work investigating under-age sex trafficking in her series, Daughters for Sale, was recognized with multiple awards. She has reported on families in North Carolina’s Muslim community in the wake of President Trump’s travel ban, covered John Edwards’ presidential campaign and executive-produced award winning September 11th coverage. Winning an Emmy for breaking news coverage of 9/11, Gloria also won the Alfred I. duPont Award for her work on the special: “9/11: Answering Children’s Questions” in 2003.
Gloria was the lead correspondent for ABC News reporting from Jindo Island in South Korea on the Sewol ferry disaster and was the first ABC News television correspondent to file on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight #370. Riviera’s story on the Mongol Derby, a grueling horse race across the Mongolian steppe, aired as an entire episode of “Nightline.” In partnership with National Geographic Wild, Riviera also traveled across the eastern Himalayan plateau in China, Kyrgyzstan and Thailand to report on endangered animals ranging from the Golden Eagle to the Snub-Nosed Monkey and more. In 2002 she was named off-air reporter at the United Nations, where she covered Security Council negotiations in the lead up to the US invasion of Iraq and the International Atomic Energy Association. In 2003 she traveled to Baghdad where she then embedded with the 3rd Infantry Division in Fallujah.