Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Diane Sawyer was born on December 22, 1945 in Glasgow, Kentucky. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Louisville, where her father, Erbon Powers "Tom" Sawyer, rose to local prominence as a politician and community leader.

She attended Seneca High School in Louisville and in 1963 she won the America Junior Miss scholarship pageant as a representative from the State of Kentucky. In 1967 she received her English degree at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Sawyer served as a local TV news reporter for WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky and in 1970 White House press secretary Ron Zigler hired her to serve in the administration of President Richard Nixon. Her career exploded on CBS and then ABC where she became the highest paid female newscaster in history while anchoring the ABC Good morning America Show.

She was the first journalist to get an interview with the president of North Korea in one of the latest of her many remarkable achievements. Only today she performed the sacred Fire Walk ceremony on the show, walking across 1000 degree coals as seen below. Diane is married to film director Mike Nichols. Sawyer remains one of the humblest of gifted TV personalities.

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