Born in 1945, Diane Sawyer graduated from Wellesley College in 1967 and began her career as a local reporter in Louisville, KY, at a time when women rarely entered the field of journalism. She soon moved on to become a member of the White House press office where she worked for Ron Ziegler, the Presidential Press Secretary. She continued working as a press aide during the Nixon administration and later helped Nixon write his memoirs.
After working with Charles Kuralt as a co-anchor on “CBS Morning News,” she became CBS News’ first female correspondent on “60 Minutes.” She left CBS five years later to co-anchor “Primetime Live” with Sam Donaldson and quickly became one of the most popular figures in TV journalism. In 1994, she signed a contract that made her one of the most highly paid women in the industry. Her career has spanned many years, and she is a long-time viewer favorite.
Diane Sawyer has covered some of the top news stories of our day, using her characteristic engaging manner and sunny disposition. She covered the Three Mile Island crisis with a tenacity that won over millions of viewers, and her voice comforted millions of Americans in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. “People” magazine’s entertainment critic once said of her that “… she got to the top with a formidable blend of smarts, drive and earnestness.”
Her work has consistently driven up the ratings of the networks with which she worked. Her work on CBS’ “Morning News” garnered it the best ratings the show had had in three decades, and she snagged multiple high-profile assignments while working on “60 Minutes.” Her investigative skills have contributed to the overwhelming success of “Primetime Live,” but she has the flexibility and creativity to move easily between styles. This allows her to easily take on engaging celebrity interviews and fun-to-watch tabloid-type programs.