What Are Some Biographical Facts About Diane Sawyer?


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Diane Sawyer is an American television journalist and news anchor. She is best known for her work on "60 Minutes," "Good Morning America," "Primetime Live" and "ABC World News."

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Lila Diane Sawyer was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, on December 22, 1945. As a student at Louisville's Seneca High School, Sawyer served as editor-in-chief for her school's newspaper, the "Arrow." As a high school senior in 1963, Sawyer won the Junior Miss pageant, becoming Miss Junior Miss of America. She later attended Wellesley College, graduating with a degree in English in 1967.

Following graduation, Diane Sawyer moved back to Kentucky and became a weather forecaster and later a general reporter for WLKY-TV in Louisville. In 1970, she became a press assistant for then-President Richard Nixon. After his resignation due to the Watergate scandal, Sawyer assisted Nixon with both legal research and his memoirs.

Sawyer returned to reporting in 1978 at CBS News, and as of 2015, she has remained in this line of work. In 1984, she became the first female correspondent on "60 Minutes." In 1987, Sawyer moved to ABC where she has anchored "Good Morning America" from 1999 to 2009, "Primetime Live" from 1989 to 2006, and "ABC World News" from 2009 to 2014. She is famous for her reporting in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, as well as for her exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner regarding her transition as a transgender woman.

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