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ABC cameraman leaves hospital

ABC cameraman Doug Vogt, injured with anchorman Bob Woodruff in an Iraqi roadside bombing Jan. 29, has checked out of Bethesda Medical Center, ABC News said Thursday.

Vogt and his wife, Vivian, are on their way home to France, where he will undergo further treatment.

In a statement, ABC News president David Westin described the couple as being "in good spirits and looking forward to getting back to their children."

The more seriously hurt Woodruff, recovering from head wounds and other injuries at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., is being slowly brought out of sedation, Westin said.

Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer are currently subbing for Woodruff, co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight with Elizabeth Vargas.

PBS giving voice to youth

Veteran broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff will return to her one-time home, PBS, for a project examining young people's views on religion, politics and other issues, including America's role in the world.

After talking to a cross section of Americans ages 16 to 25, Woodruff will detail her findings in reports on The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer beginning later this year and in a January 2007 documentary, PBS said Thursday.

Her work is part of a yearlong multimedia project from MacNeil Lehrer Productions that will include Internet elements and has the working title, Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard. Principal funding is from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

"Our objective is to create a profile of the next generation, and to provide current decisionmakers with better information about them," Woodruff said in a statement. "We want to help everyone understand the views of young people."

Production was scheduled to begin this spring, with tentative plans calling for visits to Birmingham, Ala.; Minneapolis; Lincoln, Neb.; Cleveland; and San Francisco, among other cities.

Woodruff worked at PBS from 1983-93 as chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour. Last year, she left CNN after a decade as an anchor and correspondent to pursue other projects but remains a consultant for the cable channel.

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