Diane Sawyer, a native of Glasgow, Ky., and raised in Louisville, received a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1967 and completed a semester of law school before deciding on a career in broadcasting. Sawyer began her career in broadcasting in 1967 in her hometown as a reporter for WLKY-TV until 1970.
Before joining CBS News, Sawyer held positions with the Nixon administration. She was part of the Nixon-Ford transition team from 1974 to 1975 and even helped the former President write his memoirs.
In 1980 and 1984 Diane was a floor correspondent for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, leading to her being the 1988 Democratic and Republican National Conventions she was podium correspondent.
By 1989 she joined ABC News as co-anchor of "PrimeTime” and also began co-anchoring "Good Morning America" in January 1999. In-between, she also served as co-anchor of ABC News "Turning Point," which premiered in March 1994.
Sawyer is an award-winning investigative jouournalist. She has tackled topics from biological weapons production in Russia to daycare abuse. She brought to light the warehousing of Russian children in state-run orphanages; she actually entered a maximum security prison for women, spending two days and nights, to report on what it’s like; she launched an investigation into the neglect and abuse at state-run institutions for the mentally retarded; and a landmark investigation into pharmacy prescription errors.
Well remembered was her undercover report on food sanitation at the Food Lion grocery chain. Equally remembered was her expose’ of the questionable business practices of three major televangelists. Sawyer has headed hidden-camera investigations of racial discrimination, and won the Grand Prize in the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for her efforts.
Sawyer spent nine years at CBS News, was the first woman to co-anchor "60 Minutes" and before that she co-anchored the "CBS Morning News" as well as was CBS News' State Department correspondent.
Diane Sawyer has multiple Dupont Awards, Robert F. Kennedy awards, and numerous Emmys, her many honors include the grand prize of the premier Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, two George Foster Peabody Awards for public service, an IRTS Lifetime Achievement Award, Broadcast Magazine Hall of Fame, and the USC Distinguished Achievement in Journalism Award. In 1997, she was inducted into the Television Academy of Fame.
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