NEW YORK – Bob Woodruff wanted to deliver the news to his colleagues himself: He's moving on to outpatient care for injuries he suffered in Iraq and enjoying family life, the ABC anchorman said in a written message.
"Though I know there is still a long road ahead, it's nice to be feeling more like myself again — laughing with family, reading bedtime stories and reminding my kids to do their homework," Woodruff wrote in a note released Thursday by ABC.
Woodruff's message was relayed by e-mail to co-workers by ABC News President David Westin, who said he was delighted to report on Woodruff's continuing progress.
"Because he's come so far, he'll be spending more of his time at home as well as continuing his treatment in facilities here in the New York area," Westin said in Thursday's e-mail.
The newsman, who suffered serious head injuries and broken bones Jan. 29 while reporting on the war, expressed his gratitude to medical workers, relatives, friends and co-workers.
He also commented on the good wishes he's received from viewers, calling them "a source of strength and a constant reminder of why I am putting all my effort toward getting back to work with you. For now, I am a loyal viewer — proud to watch all of you do what you do best."
Last month, Woodruff was transferred from a naval hospital in Maryland to a facility closer to his home in Westchester County, north of New York City.
When he was attacked, Woodruff was in his first month as "World News Tonight" co-anchor with Elizabeth Vargas.
Vargas, who is pregnant with her second child, has been going it alone, but the network is expected to announce a longer-range plan that will involve a substitute co-anchor.
Musical anchor chairs continued at other networks, as Meredith Vieira ("The View") said Thursday she will join NBC's "Today." She'll replace Katie Couric, who is taking over "CBS Evening News" in September.