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Encyclopedia > Diane Sawyer
Diane Sawyer
Born: December 22, 1945 (age 61)
Flag of United States Glasgow, Kentucky, USA
Occupation: Television journalist

Diane Sawyer is a television journalist for the U.S. network ABC News and co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, along with with Robin Roberts. According to recent surveys, Sawyer is among the most popular U.S. broadcasters.[citation needed] December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Glasgow is a city located in Barren County, Kentucky. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... ABC News is a division of ABC television and radio networks (ABC), owned by The Walt Disney Company. ... Good Morning America is a weekday morning news show that is broadcasted on the ABC television network. ... Robin Roberts (born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1960) is an American television broadcaster, who is the co-anchor of ABCs popular morning show Good Morning America. ...

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Background

Lila Diana Sawyer was born December 22, 1945 in Glasgow, Kentucky. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Louisville, where her father, Erbon Powers "Tom" Sawyer, rose to local prominence as a politician and community leader, and E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, located in the Frey's Hill area of Louisville, is named in his honor. In 1963, she won the "America's Junior Miss" scholarship pageant as a representative from the State of Kentucky. In 1967 she received her English degree at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Glasgow is a city located in Barren County, Kentucky. ... “Louisville” redirects here. ... E. P. Tom Sawyer State Park is a 369 acre Kentucky state park located in the Freys Hill area of Louisville, Kentucky on former land of Kentuckys Central State Hospital. ... Americas Junior Miss is a national scholarship program of 48 years created to provide young high school seniors with the opportunity and support needed to succeed before, during, and after attending college. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Wellesley College is a womens liberal arts college that opened in 1875, founded by Henry Fowle Durant and his wife Pauline Fowle Durant. ...

Diane Sawyer on TIME magazine cover, August 7, 1989
Diane Sawyer on TIME magazine cover, August 7, 1989

After finishing her education, Sawyer served as a local TV news reporter for WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky until 1970, when she was hired by White House press secretary Ron Ziegler to serve in the administration of President Richard Nixon, staying on through his resignation in 1974, and working on the transition team between Nixon and Gerald Ford in 1975, and assisting Nixon with his memoirs. Years later, Sawyer would be suspected as the source of leaks of classified information to Bob Woodward (nicknamed "Deep Throat" by Woodward) during the Watergate scandal. However, she was one of six people to request and receive a public denial from Bob Woodward[1]. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... WLKY-TV, WLKY 32 is a local CBS station in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is owned by Hearst-Argyle Television. ... “Louisville” redirects here. ... Richard Nixons White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... W. Mark Felt, on the set of CBSs Face the Nation in 1976. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bob Woodward Robert Upshur Bob Woodward (born March 26, 1943) is assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. ...


In 1978, Sawyer became a political correspondent for CBS, becoming a co-anchor with Bill Kurtis of the CBS Morning News in 1981. In 1984, she became a correspondent for 60 Minutes, where she stayed for five years. In 1989, she moved to ABC to co-anchor Primetime Live with Sam Donaldson. In 1999, Sawyer returned to morning news under a lucrative contract to became the co-anchor of Good Morning America, along with Charles Gibson. The assignment was putatively temporary, but her success in the position, measured by a close in the gap with front-runner Today Show, has resulted in her staying in the position longer than anticipated. 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... Bill Kurtis (born September 21, 1940) is a television journalist and producer best known as the host of numerous A&E crime and news documentary shows, including Investigative Reports, American Justice, and Cold Case Files. ... CBS Morning News is the half-hour daily television broadcast from CBS News that airs following Up to the Minute. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 60 Minutes is an investigative television newsmagazine on United States television, which has run on CBS News since 1968. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Primetimes logo Primetime is a general-interest American news magazine show which debuted on ABC in 1989 with co-hosts Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer and originally had the title Primetime Live. ... Samuel Andrew Donaldson (born March 11, 1934 in El Paso, Texas) was a news anchor for ABC News, known for his persistence in questioning senior government officials up to and including the President of the United States. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Good Morning America is a weekday morning news show that is broadcasted on the ABC television network. ... Charles Dewolf Gibson (commonly known as Charlie Gibson when hosting Good Morning America) (born March 9, 1943), is an American journalist best known as co-anchor of Good Morning America on ABC from January 1987 to May 1998 and from January 1999 to June 28, 2006, a span of 19... The Today Show (officially called Today) is currently, a long-running morning news show airing on the NBC television network in the United States. ...


Sawyer has long been rumored to covet an anchor desk in a evening network news broadcast. Most recently, on May 23, 2006 it was announced that Charlie Gibson would assume the anchor chair for "World News Tonight," scotching the "Sawyer WNT hosting" rumors for the time being, if not for good. Charles Gibson departed from "GMA" on June 28, 2006. May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... ABC World News Tonight is the ABC television networks flagship evening news program. ... June 28 is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 186 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


It has been rumored that Sawyer will leave the show in spring 2007. While she has been popular with viewers, her contract is over in 2009. Controversy and negative response from viewers have been generated by Sawyer's undercover investigative news reports about child abuse and the specific instances in which Sawyer and the investigative team failed to report the documented abuse to child welfare authorities.[citation needed]


Awards, memberships

  • Sawyer and segment producer Robbie Gordon received the 2004 George Polk Award for Television Reporting, given annually by Long Island University to honor contributions to journalistic integrity and investigative reporting,[2] for “Fighting for Care,” an exposé on the disgraceful conditions, inadequate care and gross mismanagement that have persisted for years in Veterans Administration hospitals around the country. The report prompted hospital inspections as well as new supervision and training efforts.

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Personal life

Sawyer has been married to film director Mike Nichols since April 29, 1988. Mike Nichols (born Michael Igor Peschkowsky) is an Academy Award winning movie director of films such as The Graduate and Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He was born on November 6, 1931 in Berlin, to a Jewish Russian family. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Cultural references

  • In the comic strip Bloom County, a central character, Opus the penguin, had a long-time crush on Diane Sawyer.
  • In the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous, Kirsten Dunst's character repeatedly says that she aspires to win a beauty pageant and become a news anchor, "just like Diane Sawyer."
  • In the movie Something's Gotta Give, Jack Nicholson's character was at one time in his past engaged to Diane Sawyer.
  • In the movie Little Black Book, Brittany Murphy's character has the career goal of working for Diane Sawyer, and ended up achieving the goal at the end of the movie.
  • Diane was often mentioned as a rival of fictional news-magazine anchor Murphy Brown on the popular sitcom of the same name.
  • MADtv had a skit where Diane Sawyer interviewed Whitney Houston. Sawyer did conduct a well publicized interview with Houston in 2002.
  • SNL had a skit where Sam Donaldson calls Diane Sawyer a bitch on Primetime Live to prove that the show was live.
  • In America (The Book), it is said that "There is no valid reason to appear with Diane Sawyer."
  • During the Animaniacs cartoon 'Broadcast Nuisance', a caricature of Diane named DuAnne Sewer makes a brief appearance as co-anchor of NewsTime Live with the cartoon's central (non-Warner) character, Dan Anchorman (a caricature of Sam Donaldson).

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Famous interviews

Preceded by
Kevin Newman and Lisa McRee
Good Morning America co-anchor
1999–present
with Charles Gibson (from January 18, 1999 to June 28, 2006), and Robin Roberts starting in 2005
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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Howard & Judy Dean: The Diane Sawyer Interview (8178 words)
Diane Sawyer: And, some of the political analysts have said that the real problem is that it tapped into another concern, it seemed to re-enforce the concern that had been brought up before about your pressure gauge.
Diane Sawyer: But it isn't the first incident in which temper has come into question, and recently a story has been circulating now about the mid-'90s, at a hockey game for your son, which ended in the police being called, and that you were one of the parents there, and then … then you apologized.
Diane Sawyer: Something else that everybody has noted, that you said at one time, that you are not going to … drag out your wife, and let her be used as a prop in your campaign.
Diane Sawyer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (523 words)
Lila Diane Sawyer (born December 22, 1945) is a television journalist for the U.S. network ABC News and co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America with Robin Roberts.
Sawyer was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, but soon after her birth moved to Louisville with her parents.
Diane was often mentioned as a rival of fictional news-magazine anchor Murphy Brown on the popular sitcom of the same name.
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