DIANE SAWYER Biography - People in the News and Media


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Name: Diane Sawyer                                                                     
Birth name: Lila Diane Sawyer                                                           
Born: 22 December 1945 Glasgow, Kentucky, U.S.                                         
Lila Diane Sawyer born December 22, 1945 is a television reporter for the U.S.         
network ABC News and co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, along with Robin         
Roberts. In 2001 she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by         
Ladies Home Journal.                                                                   
Diane Sawyer was born Lila Diana Sawyer on 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. E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, located in the Frey's Hill area       
of Louisville, is named in his honor. She attended Seneca High School in the           
Buechel area of Louisville. 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.                     
After briefly attending law school at the University of Louisville, Sawyer             
served as a local TV news reporter for WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1970,       
White House press secretary Ron Ziegler hired her to serve in the administration       
of President Richard Nixon. Sawyer stayed on through his resignation in 1974,           
worked on the transition team between Nixon and Gerald Ford in 1975, and               
assisted 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].                     
Sawyer (far right) with former First Lady Nancy Reagan in Mrs. Reagan's office,         
May 2007                                                                               
In 1978, Sawyer joined CBS as a political correspondent, 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 become 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