Good Morning America
“The scariest part about taking this job was how many people would know what I really look like when I get up in the morning.” Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America”
TV personality Diane Sawyer (born Lila Diana Sawyer) is probably best known as the co-anchor of the ABC morning program “Good Morning America.” Joining “Good Morning America” in 1999, it is now rumored she may leave the show when her contract expires in 2007. Previously, the newswoman also worked for “CBS Early Morning News” (1982-1984) and ABC’s “Primetime Live” during the 1990s.
As a co-writer of Nixon’s memoirs, Sawyer was once suspected to be Watergate’s infamous “Deep Throat.” However, she repeatedly denied the rumor and requested a public denial from Bob Woodward. Sawyer, who was previously linked to actor Warren Beatty and congressman Bill Bradley, is married to director Mike Nichols.
Childhood and Family:
Lila Diana Sawyer, later famous as Diane Sawyer, was born on December 22, 1945, in Glasgow, Kentucky. Soon after her birth, the family moved to Louisville, Kentucky.
In 1963, Diane won both the Kentucky’s Junior Miss and the America’s Junior Miss scholarship pageants. She then studied English at the Wellesley College in Massachusetts and Law at the University of Louisville (dropped out after a semester). Picking journalism as her professional career, Diane later became a weather reporter for a Louisville TV channel before serving as a press aide for President Nixon’s administration. Diane is the wife of famous director Mike Nichols, whom she married on April 29, 1988.
From Louisville’s WLKY-TV, Diane Sawyer moved to the White House where she was hired by press secretary Ron Ziegler to serve as a press aide in the administration of President Richard Nixon. She later followed the president through his resignation in 1974, became a part of the transition team between Nixon and Gerald Ford in 1975, as well as assisted him in writing his memoirs.
In the late 1970s, Sawyer worked for CBS, where she first became a political correspondent. She then served as a reporter for the scientific series “Universe” (1980), as well as joined the news team of “Morning” (1981-1984) and “CBS Early Morning News” (1982-1984), as a co-anchor. Her last duty for the TV network was as a correspondent for the news magazine “60 Minutes” (1984-1989).
Moving to ABC, Sawyer co-anchored nighttime newscast “Primetime Live” with Sam Donaldson during the 1990s. In addition, from 1998 to 2000, she served as the contributing anchor for the news magazine program “20/20” and the co-anchor for “20/20 Wednesday.”
Teaming up with newsman Charles Gibson, Sawyer became the co-anchor of the morning show “Good Morning America” (began hosting in 1999). On June 28, 2006, Charles Gibson moved from “Good Morning America” to host “World News Tonight.” The move immediately generated rumors that Sawyer may be leaving the newscast as soon as her contract expires in 2007. However, the buzz is not yet confirmed and a close friend commented, “Diane (Sawyer) is keeping her cards extremely close to the vest. None of us has any idea what she plans to do.”
Recently, Sawyer made an exclusive report for Gibson’s “World News” from North Korea and answered viewers’ emails. The featured episode eventually boosted the ratings of “World News” among adults 25-54 years old.