37 Facts to Know about Journalist Diane Sawyer!

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Diane Sawyer posing for a photo.

Diane Sawyer is an American journalist best known for anchoring ABC World News and Good Morning America.

Sawyer has been in the journalism industry since 1962 and during her tenure, she has worked for ABC News and CBS News. She was also the first woman to host 60 Minutes.

Here’s more on Diane!

Top 37 Facts of Diane Sawyer

  1. Diane Sawyer was born Lila Diane Sawyner on December 22, 1945, in Glasgow, Kentucy, US, to parents Jean W. Dunagan and Erbon Pwers Sawyer.
  2. She is of English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and German descent.
  3. Her father, who was a Republican politician, died on a car accident in Louisville in 1969.
  4. Similarly, her mother, an elementary school teacher, passed away at the age of 94 in 2014.
  5. She has an elder sister, Linda Sawyer. She married twice but has been widowed both times.

Educational Qualifications

  1. Diane was a student of Seneca High School in Buechel, Louisville.
  2. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree with a major in English from Wellesley College, Massachusetts in 1967.
  3. Prior to her journalism studies, she tried her hands in law. She attended one semester at the University of Louisville.

Husband’s Death

  1. Diane Sawyer was once a married woman. She walked down the aisle with director, producer, and actor, Mike Nichols on April 29, 1988.
  2. They met for the first time at an airport in Paris.
  3. The pair were together for over 26 years.
  4. Unfortunately, her partner died at 83 on November 19, 2014 due to a heart attack several weeks after her mother’s demise.
  5. Several months before his death, while speaking to Ladies Home Journal (US Weekly), she revealed how romantic her husband was.

He puts little notes in my sock drawer or in my suitcase before I leave for a work trip. I think one of the most romantic things is simply the way he reaches for my hand all the time.

Sawyer revealed that her husband was more romantic than she ever was.
  1. They had no children together but were parents to two daughters, Daisy and Jenny Nichols and a son, Max Nichols from Mike’s previous marriages.
  2. Prior to marrying Mike, she dated President Richard Nixon‘s aide, Frank Gannon, and American diplomat, Richard Holbrooke.

Net Worth and Career in Journalism

  1. Diane Sawyer started her career in journalism working as an editor-in-chief for her school newspaper, The Arrow.
  2. After graduation, she became a weather girl for WLKY-TV in Louisville. Soon after, she was promoted to the general-assignment post.
  3. She left the job and moved to Washington D.C. but she found job as the assistant of Jerry Warren, the White House deputy press secretary, after she couldn’t get a job in journalism.
  4. A few months later, she started working as the administrative assistant of White House Press Secretary, Ron Ziegler and soon became a staff assistant for US President, Richard Nixon.
  5. In 1978, she joined CBS News as a general-assignment reporter. She was promoted to political correspondent in February 1980.
  6. CBS News President named her as the anchor for 90 Minutes on May 13, 1981.
  7. She also went on to work as an anchor for CBS Early Morning News.
  8. In 1984, she became the first woman to anchor 60 Minutes.
Diane’s interview with I.M. Pei for 60 Minutes.
  1. Five years later, she moved to ABC News and anchored Primetime Live and 20/20 with Sam Donaldson.
  2. In 1999, she worked as the co-anchor of Good Morning America with Charles Gibson.
  3. She and Gibson were the first to announce about the 9/11 incident.
  4. She also hosted ABC World News as the successor of Charles Gibson for over four years.
  5. Sawyer stepped down form the ABC World News Anchor Chair in September 2014.
  6. Now, she focuses on creating specials for ABC News.
  1. Regarding her fortune, Diane has accumulated an estimated net worth of around $80 million as of 2021.
  2. The Richest reported that she earned an annual salary of $12 million from Good Morning America in 2007.
  3. Diane and her late husband had a house in Tisbury, Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard worth $5.3 million.
  4. In 2016, Sawyer’s former Palisades home was put on sale for a whopping $4.6 million.

Some More Facts

  1. Sawyer was a part of the acappella group, Wellesley College Blue Notes.
  2. She was also a part of the Phi Sigma Lecture Society.
  3. In 1963, she became America’s Junior Miss scholarship pageant and toured the country promoting Coca-Cola Pavilion at the 1964/65 New York World Fair.
  4. She became an honorary Doctorate of Letters receipent from Brown University in 2012.

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