Diane Sawyer
American journalist
Diane Sawyer
Lila Diane Sawyer is the current anchor of ABC News' flagship program, ABC World News. Previously, Sawyer had been co-anchor of ABC News's morning news program, Good Morning America (GMA).
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Diane Sawyer's personal information overview.
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WATCH: 'My Reality: A Hidden America' Airs Friday, January 13th at 10/9c on ABC
ABC News - about 1 month
ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer connected on social media with thousands of working Americans to hear the realities they face in their daily lives. See her report on the struggle these Americans face attempting to live the life they once knew growing up.
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WATCH: Hairstylist-to-the-Stars Vincent Roppatte Dies at 81
ABC News - 2 months
Vincent Roppatte was a master hairstylist at Saks Fifth Avenue to celebrity clientele including ABC News' Diane Sawyer.
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Exclamation Marks Are Feminist As F**k
Huffington Post - 4 months
At the start of my career, I didn’t dare use exclamation marks in emails. I worked at a business magazine and wanted to convince my colleagues I could pull off a blazer (I couldn’t) and knew about the economy (I didn’t).  Emails from my boss and senior editors were brusque  – “sure,” “fine,” “needs work”– and stoked my constant fear that they hated me or thought I was stupid. I quickly correlated being smart with being unemotive. The last thing I needed was to punctuate like a woman who drinks pumpkin spice lattes.  It came as a surprise when a female boss at my next job used exclamation marks like a grammatical salt shaker: “Running late!”; “Happy to see you!”; “Can you fix this typo? Thanks!” But instead of questioning her intellect, I felt relief. The earnest punctuation took the edge off every message. I never wasted hours wondering if she was disappointed in me or just in a rush. She never seemed unapproachable like my previous managers had.  I started using exclamation ...
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ABC's Diane Sawyer asks that 'pink slime' case be dismissed
NPR - 5 months
Court documents filed this week provide detailed accounts from Diane Sawyer, correspondent Jim Avila and others about how they gathered the information for the reports on Beef Products Inc.
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Here is another idea for debate moderators: Ted Koppel, Charlie Gibson, Diane Sawyer – moderators who ‘have no skin in the game’
Fox News - 6 months
Why not bring back some journalists who are not likely to get caught up in any current controversies?  Anyone currently active in journalism runs the risk every day of getting wrapped up in some controversy by some statement, some question that could then poison the debates. Do you have any ideas? The upcoming debates could be the most consequential of our life time.  The results of them will determine likely the direction of our country for generations to come. The post Here is another idea for debate moderators: Ted Koppel, Charlie Gibson, Diane Sawyer – moderators who ‘have no skin in the game’ appeared first on Gretawire.
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TV Exec Harassed By Roger Ailes Writes Powerful Essay About Rampant Workplace Sexism
Huffington Post - 7 months
In 1981, after accepting a job offer from then-NBC producer Roger Ailes, Shelley Ross found herself in a seriously uncomfortable position.  “When did you first discover you were sexy?” Ross recalls Ailes asked her, before suggesting that the two partake on what he called a “sexual alliance.” Decades later, Ross, now a television executive, is coming out as yet another woman who’s been harassed by recently ousted Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in a detailed, must-read essay on Monday for The Daily Beast. Ross’s essay is about so much more than one man’s abuse. It details the ingrained sexism and harassment that has persisted for decades in the workplace, and focuses mainly on the frequency of the issue in the media industry. Ross, whose resumé includes conducting the first televised interview with Charles Manson and various executive producer roles for ABC and CBS, wrote about the complexity of workplace harassment, as well as the complexity of the relationships amongst perpetra ...
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Donald Trump's Hair To Announce It's Transitioning Into A Quilt
Huffington Post - 8 months
Donald Trump's Hair to Announce It's Transitioning Into A Quilt The news just got a bit more hair-raising for the beleaguered presidential campaign of presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump. Diane Sawyer, in a blockbuster interview, sure to draw comparisons to her sit down with Caitlyn Jenner, announced that Donald Trump's hair piece will appear with Sawyer to discuss its transitioning into a quilt. When asked if Trump "wigged out" at the news, the fuzzy patch of yellow answered: "Yeah, he flipped out a little." Adding: "It's time. As we say in the trade, "hair today, gone tomorrow." Trump's hair will discuss with Sawyer its desire to transition into being part of a quilt. A project titled "From Hair to Eternity" that will also include well-known retired follicular replacement devices from Liberace, John Travolta, etc. When reached for a comment, a Trump representative denied the hairpiece existed, but would not rule out a TV show to replace it, tentatively cal ...
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Khloe Kardashian Says She No Longer Has A Relationship With Caitlyn Jenner
Huffington Post - 10 months
Things went down between Khloe Kardashian and Caitlyn Jenner on the Season 12 premiere of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" on Sunday.  Khloe was doing a New York City press tour to promote her book, Strong Looks Better Naked, and pissed off Caitlyn after appearing on "The Howard Stern Show." The youngest Kardashian sister spoke honestly about how Caitlyn kept her transition a secret for so long and how hard it was when the family finally found out about it during a meeting with E!  After being so candid on the radio show, Khloe said she received a barrage of hostile texts from Caitlyn. Khloe called her mom, Kris Jenner, to vent after she'd exchanged words with Caitlyn:  "I said, ‘You slaughtered my mother, and you have the nerve to say, ‘What happened to family sticking together?'" Khloe said on a phone call with Kris. "I said, ‘You jumped that ship as soon as you did Diane Sawyer, and you attacked my mom!'"  "She can tell me to f**k off all she wants. I don't have a rel ...
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Sue Klebold, Mother of Columbine Killer Dylan Klebold, Speaks
ABC News - about 1 year
Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, told Diane Sawyer that when the Columbine tragedy happened, she couldn’t stop thinking about the victims.
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Watch: Columbine Shooter's Mother Speaks to Diane Sawyer
ABC News - about 1 year
Diane Sawyer talks about her interview with the mother of Dylan Klebold.
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Women's Media Center 2015 Media Awards
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Last fall, the Women's Media Center celebrated a milestone marking it's 10-year anniversary during the 2015 Women's Media Center Awards ceremony held at Capitale in New York City. The event focused on honoring powerful women in media from a national and international platform as well as engaging in the conversation of the importance of the female voice and viewpoint in the global world of media. Comedian Amy Schumer opened the event with a personal, feminist speech that received a round of applause when she boldly stated, "it's good to lead by example...women can do anything they want to do." She went on to express the important role the Women's Media Center has played in changing the landscape of media and increasing representation of women: "Women's media is powerful and we need more women. The WMC is guiding a generation of women and girls into being media leaders...who are confident in telling their own stories." The Women's Media Center was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, ...
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The Trans Comedic Punch Line Jumps the Shark
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's become a cliché that social change moves at a faster pace in today's socially connected world than ever before. Not only would that be a comfort for the trans community, and our LGBQ allies, but it would be welcome for the community that needs and deserves it the most, the African-American community. While I take little regarding celebrity seriously, there are trends that sweep through the public that devour all things celebrity that are a good metric for the direction in which the country is moving. Awards ceremonies are one such metric. Trans-themed films and television programs have become more popular and honored in the past few years. Granted, most people don't watch Netflix and Amazon -- produced series -- yet -- but that the various awards groups recognize those platforms brings them to the attention to a wider audience. Last year at this time Transparent, and its lead actor, Jeffrey Tambor, were widely feted as a breakthrough program, and won multiple awards. Comedian ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Diane Sawyer
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 68
    On June 25, 2014, it was announced that she would step down from the anchor chair at ABC World News in September 2014.
    More Details Hide Details She will remain with ABC News and will focus on creating specials and conducting high-profile interviews. Sawyer was in relationships with Frank Gannon, aide to President Richard Nixon, as well as American diplomat Richard Holbrooke.
    Until 2014 she was the anchor of ABC's flagship broadcast World News and the network's principal anchor for breaking-news coverage, election coverage, and special events.
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  • 2009
    Age 63
    However, on December 1, 2009, The New York Times reported that, instead of moving to ABC World News in January 2010, Sawyer would start on December 21, 2009, three days after Gibson's departure.
    More Details Hide Details For over a year (2010–2011), with Katie Couric as then anchor of CBS Evening News, two of the three network news anchors on broadcast television were women. Ratings initially rose 8% after Sawyer's first four weeks, averaging 8.8 million viewers. She signed off at the end of her nightly broadcast with "I'll see you right back here tomorrow night." The show, like the competing evening newscasts, ended the year with ratings 14% below that of the preceding year.
    Sawyer left GMA on December 11, 2009, and was scheduled to become the ABC World News anchor in January 2010.
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    On September 2, 2009, Sawyer was announced as the successor to Gibson, who retired as the anchor of ABC World News, on Friday, December 18, 2009.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 59
    In 2005, the show was retitled Primetime, and Sawyer left the show at the end of 2006 when its format again changed, with a sub-series focus.
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  • 2001
    Age 55
    Sawyer was the first to announce to the Good Morning America viewers that the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, when the show's title was changed to its original name, Primetime Live, a new executive producer was hired, and the newsmagazine format was changed to investigative reporting with Sawyer rotating as the co-anchor with Chris Cuomo, Cynthia McFadden, and John Quiñones.
  • 2000
    Age 54
    In 2000, Sawyer returned as co-anchor of Primetime newsmagazine now called Primetime Thursday, with Gibson replacing Donaldson.
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  • 1999
    Age 53
    In 1999, Sawyer returned to morning news as the co-anchor of Good Morning America with Charles Gibson.
    More Details Hide Details The assignment was putatively temporary, but her success in the position, measured by a close in the gap with front-runner Today, NBC News's morning program, sustained her in the position far longer than anticipated.
  • 1998
    Age 52
    From 1998 to 2000, she co-anchored ABC's 20/20, also a newsmagazine, broadcast on Wednesdays with Donaldson and on Sundays with Barbara Walters.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 43
    In 1989, she moved to ABC News to co-anchor Primetime Live newsmagazine with Sam Donaldson.
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  • 1988
    Age 42
    On April 29, 1988, she married film and theatre director, producer, and actor Mike Nichols.
    More Details Hide Details They had no children. Nichols had two daughters and a son from previous marriages. He died on November 19, 2014, at the age of 83. The "List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" in Forbes magazine reported that, between June 2005 and June 2008, Sawyer made approximately $12 million, solely from entertainment income.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 38
    In 1984, she became the first female correspondent on 60 Minutes, a CBS News investigative-television newsmagazine.
    More Details Hide Details During Sawyer's five years with 60 Minutes, the program regularly ranked among the top-five most-watched in the country.
  • 1981
    Age 35
    With her debut on September 28, 1981, she put her own stamp on the broadcast.
    More Details Hide Details The ratings for the show were boosted upon Sawyer's arrival, but the improvement did not last, and, after Kuralt left the show, he was replaced by Bill Kurtis. The ratings decreased further, and Sawyer asked to be reassigned.
    When CBS expanded its morning news show from 60 to 90 minutes, Sawyer was announced as co-anchor on May 13, 1981, by the president of CBS News.
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  • 1980
    Age 34
    She was promoted to political correspondent in February 1980 and featured on the weekday broadcasts of Morning with Charles Kuralt.
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  • 1978
    Age 32
    When Sawyer came back to Washington, D.C., in 1978, she joined CBS News as a general-assignment reporter.
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  • 1977
    Age 31
    She also helped prepare Nixon for his famous set of television interviews with journalist David Frost in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Years later, Sawyer would be suspected of being Deep Throat, the source of leaks of classified information to journalist Bob Woodward during the Watergate scandal. In 2005, Deep Throat was identified as W. Mark Felt, but prior to that, Rabbi Baruch Korff – a longtime Nixon confidant and defender known as "Nixon's rabbi" – said on his deathbed that he believed Sawyer was Deep Throat. Sawyer laughed it off and became one of six people to request and receive a public denial from Woodward.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 28
    Sawyer continued through Nixon's resignation from the presidency in 1974 and worked on the Nixon-Ford transition team in 1974–1975, after which she decamped with Nixon to California and helped him write his memoirs, published in 1978.
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  • 1973
    Age 27
    In 1973 when John Dean testified to the Senate Watergate Committee concerning Nixon's involvement in the Watergate coverup, Sawyer and Larry Speakes were assigned to the staff of Nixon's lawyer J.
    More Details Hide Details Fred Buzhardt in an effort to "prove" that Dean was lying. Speakes later claimed that he had come to the conclusion that Dean had not lied, and that he informed Sawyer, but they continued their efforts.
  • 1970
    Age 24
    In 1970, Sawyer moved to Washington, D.C., and, unable to find work as a broadcast journalist, she interviewed for positions in government offices.
    More Details Hide Details She eventually became an assistant to Jerry Warren, the White House deputy press secretary. Initially, Sawyer wrote press releases and quickly graduated to other tasks like drafting some of President Richard Nixon's public statements. Within a few months, she became an administrative assistant to White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler and eventually to staff assistant for U.S. President Richard Nixon.
  • 1969
    Age 23
    He was Kentucky's Jefferson County Judge/Executive when he was killed in a car accident on Louisville's Interstate 64 in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, in the Frey's Hill area of Louisville, is named in his honor. Sawyer attended Seneca High School in the Buechel area of Louisville. She served as an editor-in-chief for her school newspaper, The Arrow, and participated in many artistic activities. She always felt, however, that she was in the shadow of her older sister, Linda. Insecure and something of a loner as a teen, Diane found happiness, she later said, going off by herself or with a group of friends that called themselves "reincarnated transcendentalist" and read Emerson and Thoreau down by a creek. In her senior year of high school, in 1963, she won first place in the annual national America's Junior Miss scholarship pageant as a representative from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She won by her strength of poise in the final interview and her essay comparing the music of the North and the South during the Civil War.
  • 1967
    Age 21
    In 1967, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details She was a member of the Wellesley College Blue Notes, an a cappella-singing group, and Phi Sigma Lecture Society. She attended one semester of law school at the University of Louisville before turning to journalism. Immediately after her graduation, Sawyer returned to Kentucky and was employed as weather forecaster for WLKY-TV in Louisville. In Sawyer's opinion, the weather was boring, so she would occasionally add quotes to keep it interesting. Finally, Sawyer was promoted to a general-assignment post, but this did not sustain her interest for long.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 16
    From 1962 to 1965, Sawyer was America's Junior Miss, touring the country to promote the Coca-Cola Pavilion at the 1964–1965 New York World's Fair.
    More Details Hide Details At first, she thought that travelling around the country as America's Junior Miss would be a terrifying experience, but it taught her to think on her feet and do so with poise and grace.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on December 22, 1945.
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