Senior Profile: Diane Sawyer

As one of the leading journalists of her time, Diane Sawyer has had a prolific career filled with numerous awards and accolades.
As one of the leading journalists of her time, Diane Sawyer has had a prolific career filled with numerous awards and accolades.

Diane Sawyer is a celebrity that defies her age. At 68 years young, she is one of the nation’s leading women in broadcast journalism. Her career started out as a weather forecaster for a Louisville TV station right out of college. In 1970, she started working for the Nixon administration as a White House press aide. Soon after, she was writing President Nixon’s public statements.

After Watergate and President Nixon’s subsequent resignation, she stayed on in the White House for a few months to help with the transition to newly-appointed President Ford, but then left to help Nixon write his memoirs, which were published in 1978.

Sawyer then jumped back into broadcast journalism, working first for CBS and then later ABC. She has anchored both the morning and evening news, as well as various news magazine shows, including 60 Minutes, Primetime Live, and 20/20.

Over the course of her career, Sawyer has had the opportunity to interview many important political figures, including Presidents Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. She also interviewed Saddam Hussein, a little over a month before he invaded Kuwait. More recently, she gave us a glimpse into the life of Gabrielle Giffords, following her painful recovery from the late 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Sawyer has sat down with many entertainment celebrities for interviews as well, including Diana Ross, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael J. Fox, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson, to name a few.

In recognition of Sawyer’s work, she has received numerous awards and recognitions. She was listed in the Ladies’ Home Journal as one of the most 30 powerful women of 2001 and one of Forbes’ most 100 powerful women of 2007. She also possesses a Peabody Award, a Robert F. Kennedy award for journalism, and 3 Emmy awards for broadcast journalism.

Off-camera, Sawyer and her husband of 25 years, Mike Nichols, enjoy the time they can spend with each other and his three kids and four grandkids. Moreover, Sawyer has helped to support various charities, including the Million Moms Challenge and the Stand Up To Cancer organization.

Although there has been more talk lately of Sawyer’s retirement, it does not sound like it will be anytime soon. And that’s good news for all of us.

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