Diane Sawyer life and biography

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Diane Sawyer biography

Date of birth : 1945-12-22
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Glasgow, Kentucky, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-26
Credited as : ABC journalist, ABC News anchor, Good Morning America

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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).

Born in Glasgow, Kentucky, Diane Sawyer is the daughter of Jean W. Sawyer – an elementary school teacher – and Erbon Powers "Tom" Sawyer, a judge. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where her father rose to local prominence as a Republican politician and community leader; he was Kentucky's Jefferson County Judge/Executive when he was killed in a car accident on Louisville's Interstate 64 in 1969. E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, located in the Frey's Hill area of Louisville, is named in his honor.

Sawyer 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.

During the period from 1962–1965, Sawyer was "America's Junior Miss" touring the country to promote the Coca-Cola Pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair.

In 1967, she received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in English from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. There, she was a member of the Wellesley College Blue Notes, an A Capella group and Phi Sigma Lecture Society. She attended one semester of law school at the University of Louisville before turning to journalism.

Career timeline:

1967–1970: WLKY-TV news and weather reporter
1970–1974: White House press aide
1974–1978: Literary assistant to former President Richard Nixon
1981–1984: CBS Morning News anchor
1984–1989: 60 Minutes correspondent
1989–1998, since 2000: Primetime Live co-anchor
1998–2000: 20/20 co-anchor
January 1999 – December 11, 2009: Good Morning America co-anchor (Then Anchor when Charles Gibson left to ABC World News)
December 21, 2009 – present: ABC World News anchor
Traveled to Haiti to cover the aftermath of the devastating earthquake

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