Diane Sawyer

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Diane Sawyer is a famous American television journalist. Diane Sawyer is famously known as the anchor of ABC News’s nightly flagship program ABC World News. Moreover, she is also a co-anchor of ABC News’s morning news program Good Morning America and Primetime news magazine. Currently, she is a correspondent on 20/20 since 1998.

Early life and Childhood

The full name of Diane Sawyer is Lila Diane Sawyer. She was born on the 22nd of December 1945. At present, she is 77 years old. She has a zodiac sign of Capricorn. Her birthplace is Glasgow, Kentucky. Her parents are Jean W. and Erbon Powers “Tom” Sawyer, a county judge. She has a sister named Linda Sawyer.

Furthermore, the reporter’s nationality is American and her ancestry includes English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and German. Her family shifted to Louisville after her birth. Sawyer’s father rose to local prominence as a Republican politician and community leader.

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Caption: Diane Sawyer’s photo with her sister during her childhood days (Source: Instagram)


Specifically, Diane Sawyer is a graduate student at Seneca High School in the Buechel area of Louisville. She was active in various artistic activities in high school. In addition, she also worked as an editor-in-chief for her school newspaper, The Arrow.

The capable newsreader accomplished a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Before turning to journalism, she attended one semester of law school at the University of Louisville. Likewise, she was a member of the Wellesley College Blue Notes.

Diane Sawyer – Professional life

After completing her graduation, Sawyer went back to Kentucky. She also was employed as a weather forecaster for WLKY-TV in Louisville. Besides, she was also a teacher until 1970. She served as a White House press aide for the following four years. Similarly, she was also employed as a Literary Assistant to President Richard Nixon from 1974 to 1978.

After a while, she played the role of CBS reporter and correspondent (1978-1981). In 1981, the newsperson was the co-anchor in Morning with Charles Kuralt. From 1982 to 1984, she became the announcer of  CBS Early Morning News. The correspondent of 60 Minutes for two years, also was the co-anchor for Primetime Live and 20/20.

Correspondingly, Diane performed on Good Morning America as a co-anchor in January 1999 for 10 years. For six years, she treated herself as a reporter on PrimeTime Thursday (2000-2006).  She was a great announcer on ABC World News from 2009 to 2014.

Presently, she is well known as a special contributor to ABC World News since September 2014.

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Caption: Diane Sawyer for telecasting her show on ABC World News (Source: the list)

Awards and Nomination

Sawyer is among those journalists having a long list of awards throughout her career life. In 1997, she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. The outstanding journalist was the winner of the Daytime Emmy Awards for excellence in morning programming.

The talented woman was among one of the thirty most powerful women in America. This was considered by the Ladies Home Journal in 2001. Adding on, recognition as the winner of the Emmy Awards for outstanding news and documentary program achievement in 2007.

Equivalently, the ‘Peabody Award’, ‘Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award’, and Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism’ are some of the important awards of Diane. Also, she earned an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Brown University.

Recently, she achieved a Disney Legend, an award for making an outstanding contribution to the legacy of Walt Disney.

Net Worth and Salary

According to some sources of information, the capable newsreader has a net worth of 80 million dollars. She has an annual salary of 22 million dollars.

Between 2005 to 2008, Forbes Magazine claimed her capital to be nearly $12 million. This only included her entertainment income.

Diane Sawyer – Personal life

The anchorperson is a widow. She married MikeNichols, film and theatre director, producer, and actor. They tied the knot on April 29, 1988. The couple has no children yet. However, Nichols has two daughters and a son from his preceding marriages. Her husband left the world on November 19, 2014, at the age of 83.

Regarding Sawyer’s past relationships, she was in a relationship with Frank Gannon, an aide to President Richard Nixon, as well as American diplomat Richard Holbrooke.


As Diane Sawyer is not involved in many rumors and controversies, she seems to stay away from any disputes. However, there was once controversy in 2014 when Katie Couric called Diane Sawyer as “sex rumors desperate“.

Diane Sawyer – Body Measurement

By the same token, Diane seems to maintain her body properly. Her body measurements are 36-25-36 inches (approximately).

She is 5 feet 7 inches tall and her weight is 58kg. The newscaster’s hair is blonde with blue eyes. The commentator’s dress size is 4US (by the United States) and shoe size is 8US (by the United States).

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Caption: Diane Sawyer captured during her shoot (Source: Instagram)

Social Media

As a newscaster, Diane is active on almost all social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Likewise, she has more than 348k followers on Facebook, 87k followers on Instagram, and 868k followers on Twitter.