Forrest Sawyer

Newscaster, News anchor
One of the top anchors of ABC news programming, Forrest Sawyer is familiar to audiences not only as the substitute host for Ted Koppel on "Nightline" but also as anchor of "World News Sunday" from 1989-1993, and as one ... Read more »
Born: 04/18/1949 in Lakeland, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightline 1979 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

For Sale by Owner 2006 (Movie)

Frank Kaplan (Actor)

The West Wing 1999 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 (Movie)

Newscaster (Actor)

Behind the Terror: Understanding the Enemy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Maria Shriver 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Making of the Death Pilots 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Waging War 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

MSNBC Reports: Gay Hollywood Comes Out 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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MSNBC Reports: In Search of Satan 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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MSNBC Reports: Reality TV Survivor's Guide 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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MSNBC Reports: Witness to the Execution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Rage to Revenge: The Science of Violence 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Educate About Hate 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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How Biased Are You? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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No Way Out: The Fall of Saigon 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Warnings From a Small Town 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Inside Task Force Hawk 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Live From a Shark Cage 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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ABC News Saturday Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Cancer: Race For a Cure 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Turning Point 1993 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Animal Transplants: Madness or Miracle? 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Paparazzi: Shooting Stars 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Who Shot Martin Luther King Jr? 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Day One 1992 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Fugitive Son: The Hunt For Alex Kelly 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Rebirth: The Untold Stories of Oklahoma City 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Revolution at Work 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Electronic Time Machine 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Working in America: Hazardous Duty 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Religion: The Secular Press 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Sharky's Machine 1981 (Movie)

Newscaster (Actor)

Biography

One of the top anchors of ABC news programming, Forrest Sawyer is familiar to audiences not only as the substitute host for Ted Koppel on "Nightline" but also as anchor of "World News Sunday" from 1989-1993, and as one of the hosts of the newsmagazines "Day One" (1993-1995) and "Turning Point", which premiered in 1994 as a weekly and became occasional specials. With his solid looks and unwavering voice, he seemed the quintessential news anchor--appealing without overpowering the news itself.<p>Sawyer began his career in radio, working at stations such as WDVH-AM in Gainesville, Florida, WVBF-FM in Boston, Massachusetts, and WGST Newsradio in Atlanta, Georgia. He remained in Atlanta from 1980-1985 as news anchor for WAGA-TV, then was brought north to be news anchor on "The CBS Morning News" from 1985-1987. He jumped ship to ABC in 1988 to serve As co-anchor of "World News This Morning" and as a contributor of news segments for "Good Morning, America". As part of the latter assignment, Sawyer anchored the early morning coverage of the 1988 political conventions. While anchoring "World News Sunday", he scored a major scoop covering the attempted coup against Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and later became the first Western journalist allowed access to the KGB's classified files on alleged Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. As Sawyer's profile at ABC News rose , he was frequently tapped as the guest host of "Nightline" and the various network He earned praise for a "Day One" segment that reunited American and Vietnamese survivors of the Battle of La Drang Valley. Sawyer has also anchored several specials for ABC News, including a 1997 entry, "Who Shot Martin Luther King, Jr.?" that was the first to detail the evidence--supported by the King family--that James Earl Ray may not have been the assassin of the human rights leader.<p>While not an actor, Sawyer can be glimpsed in the 1982 feature film "Sharky's Machine", in which he appeared as a news anchor. The film was made in Georgia during Sawyer's stint at WAGA-TV.

EDUCATION

University of Florida

Gainesville , Florida 1976

University of Florida

Gainesville , Florida 1971

University of Florida

Gainesville , Florida 1971

Milestones

2005

Played the moderator for "The West Wing's" (NBC) presidential debate between the contenders played by Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda on a live broadcast which aired in November

1999

Ended association with ABC after contract negotiations stalled; moved to MSNBC in October

1997

Was anchor of the special "Who Shot Martin Luther King Jr?" (ABC)

1994

Anchored "Turning Point" (ABC)

1989

Named anchor "World News Sunday" (ABC)

1988

Joined ABC News as co-anchor of "World News This Morning"

1982

Made an appearance in feature film "Sharkey's Machine"

Served as news anchor for "The CBS Morning News"

Was news anchor at WGA-TV Atlanta

Hosted "Day One" (ABC)

Began career on various radio stations nationwide

Bonus Trivia

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Sawyer has received four news Emmys.

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