Friday, December 22, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: December 22, 1945 - Diane Sawyer

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Diane Sawyer, journalist and television correspondent, was born on December 22, 1945, in Glasgow, Kentucky, the second daughter of E.P. and Jean W. (Dunagan) Sawyer. The family moved to Louisville soon after Sawyer was born, and she received her early education in the public school system. She graduated from Seneca High School in 1963.

Sawyer received her B.A. in English from Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1967. 

Upon graduation, Sawyer went to work as a part-time reporter at Louisville's WLKY-TV, an ABC affiliate, where she did weather reports. Sawyer left Kentucky in 1970 and moved to Washington, D.C., in search of a broadcasting position. She became an assistant to Jerry Warren, the White House deputy press secretary. Her initial task was writing press releases, but she was soon asked to make drafts of some of President Richard Nixon's public statements. After several months, Sawyer was made administrative assistant to the White House press secretary, Ron Ziegler. Her next position was staff assistant to the president. During the Watergate scandal, her job was to monitor media coverage. After Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974, Sawyer accompanied him to San Clemente, California, to help research his memoirs. In mid-1978 she returned to Washington, D.C., where she became a general assignment reporter for CBS News. Sawyer was promoted to correspondent in February 1980 on the basis of her coverage of the nuclear power accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania on March 28, 1979. In May 1981 she became a co-anchor on CBS's " Morning With Charles Kuralt and Diane Sawyer." Despite an increase in ratings, CBS overhauled the morning show in mid-1984, and Sawyer in August 1984 became the first female reporter on " 60 Minutes." She went to ABC in February 1989 to co-anchor " Prime Time Live" with Sam Donaldson. Sawyer married director Mike Nichols in 1988.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Grunwald, Lisa. The Happiest Couple in the World : A Real-life Fairy Tale. 1988. Print.
PN1990.72.S39 G78 1988, Special Collections Research Center

Hill, Anne E. Broadcasting & Journalism. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1999. Print. Female Firsts in Their Fields.
PN4820 .H55 1998, Young Library - 5th Floor

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