Diane Sawyer

News anchor, News correspondent, Interviewer
One of the most celebrated and recognized figures in modern television news, Diane Sawyer was a television journalist and anchor whose tenacious work was often the highlight of such news programs as "60 Minutes" (CBS ... Read more »
Born: 12/21/1945 in Glasgow, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

60 Minutes 1968 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20 2002 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2002 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

ABC World News 2002 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Live 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Special Edition: A Killer Revealed 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

Peter Jennings: Reporter 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Live: Brad Pitt's Journey to Africa 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

President George W Bush: The Interview 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Primetime Thursday 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Special Edition: Jennifer Lopez 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

Primetime Special Edition: Whitney Houston 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

America.01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Philadelphia Police Department 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Icebound: The Fight of Her Life 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Diane Sawyer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Does She Think She Is? (03/24/01) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Wolfgang Puck: Recipe For Success 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids Pick the Issues 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Turning Point 1993 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Heroin: The New High School High 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Hollywood and the News 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Baby, Oh Baby: The Six-Pack Is Back 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Day One 1992 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Deadly Game: The Mark and Delia Owens Story 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Baby, Oh Baby: The Six-Pack Turns Two 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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60 Minutes... 25 Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Beverly Hills: The Menendez Trial 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

James Reston: The Man Millions Read 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Class of the 20th Century 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '88: Election Night 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '88: The Democratic Convention 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign '88: The Republican Convention 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Soviet Union: Seven Days in May 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

48 Hours on Crack Street (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Ellen Story (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most celebrated and recognized figures in modern television news, Diane Sawyer was a television journalist and anchor whose tenacious work was often the highlight of such news programs as "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ), "PrimeTime Live" (ABC, 1989- ), and "Good Morning America" (ABC, 1978). For many viewers and critics, Sawyer represented the model of modern American television journalism, able to handle hard-hitting interviews with world leaders like Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon and Nancy Reagan on one night, and gossip-heavy conversations with celebrities like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Mel Gibson on another. This versatility made her one of the most popular news figures on television for over two decades and helped to usher her into the inevitable position as the anchor for "ABC World News" (ABC, 1953- ), assuming the chair in 2010. Having helped propel the network's nightly news show to rise in the ratings, Sawyer proved that she was indeed one of journalism's most popular and respected figures.

Relationships

Warren Beatty Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated

Bill Bradley

Companion
Dated in the mid-1960s when both were in college

Frank Gannon Actor

Companion
Sawyer dated Gannon, the aide to President Richard Nixon, when they both worked for him

Richard Holbrooke

Companion
Reportedly dated

Mike Nichols Actor

Husband
Met in 1986 Married April 29, 1988 in New York

E.P. Sawyer

Father
Was a Republican politician and community leader Killed in a car accident in 1969 E. P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park, located in the Frey's Hill area of Louisville, KY was named in his honor

Linda Sawyer

Sister
Born c. 1942

Jean Sawyer Hayes Actor

Mother

EDUCATION

Seneca High School

Louisville , Kentucky

University of Louisville

Louisville , Kentucky
Completed one semester of law school before turning to journalism

Wellesley College

Wellesley , Massachusetts 1967

Milestones

2009

Replaced Charles Gibson as ABC's "World News" anchor

1999

Returned to the morning news as the co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America"; first with Charles Gibson and later with Robin Roberts

1998

Co-anchored ABC's "20/20" with Donaldson on Wednesdays and Barbara Walters on Sundays

1995

Served as co-anchor for the newsmagazine, "Day One"

1994

Named as anchor of "Turning Point"

1989

Moved to ABC to co-anchor "Primetime Live"

1988

Covered the presidential campaigns for CBS

1984

Worked as a correspondent for CBS' "60 Minutes"

1981

Co-anchored the "CBS Morning News" with Bill Kurtis

1978

Hired by CBS News as a Washington-based reporter

1974

Went into exile with Nixon to help him prepare his memoirs

1969

Worked as aide to press secretary Ron Ziegler in the Nixon Administration

1967

Began broadcasting career as a local news reporter and weather girl for WLKY-TV in Louisville, KY

1963

Won America's Junior Miss pageant as a representative from the State of Kentucky

Bonus Trivia

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Sawyer was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Sawyer's television reports netted her numerous awards throughout her career, including three Emmys for "PrimeTime Live," two Peabody Awards, including one celebrated story on abuse within the Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland, and the Grand Prize from the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for a hidden-camera investigation on racial discrimination in the United States. She was later inducted into the Broadcast Magazine Hall of Fame and the Television Academy of Fame.

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