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Sawyer has proven she can co-host a network morning show, a newsmagazine, work as a correspondent and sit behind the anchor desk. Few TV personalities have that range.
Diane Sawyer's Early Career:
In 1967, she got a job doing news and weather for WLKY, which was then the ABC affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky, where she grew up. But three years later, she changed careers and entered the Nixon White House.
Sawyer was part of the administration when President Richard Nixon resigned from office in 1974, then worked on the transition team to help incoming President Gerald Ford. After that, Nixon asked her to join a team to write his memoirs, which she did.
Normally, someone who becomes that deeply involved in politics would find it impossible to return to news media. But Sawyer was able to get a correspondent's position at CBS News, where she later co-anchored the morning newscast before joining 60 Minutes.
She launched Primetime Live, a new newsmagazine, then co-anchored 20/20 before spending ten years as co-host of Good Morning America. ABC put Sawyer wherever it needed a dose of style, credibility and a boost to its Nielsen ratings.
So it was only natural that she was the one to replace the retiring Charles Gibson on World News in 2009. The broadcast remains a strong runner-up to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in the number of viewers.
Taking on so many media roles put Sawyer in a prime spot to lead on-air breaking news coverage and to conduct exclusive interviews. She co-anchored much of ABC News' live coverage of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and sat down one-on-one with countless world leaders over the years.
Sawyer has earned many honors for her work. A 2009 ABC News special called A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains won a Peabody Award.
Sawyer has a degree in English from Wellesley College. She was briefly a law school student before turning to broadcasting.
In 1988, Sawyer married filmmaker Mike Nichols. While he has three children from previous marriages, they have no children together.