Earlier the anchor of ABC World News and a co-anchor of Good Morning America (both under the flagship of ABC News), Diane Sawyer is a TV journalist who, according to “Forbes Magazine's List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women”, made about $12 million from mid-2005 to mid-2008. Below is the bio in brief of this journalist whose net worth is approximated at $80 million, and is rumored to have made $22 million in salary from ABC News.
Born on 22nd December 1945 in Glasgow, Kentucky, Sawyer is currently 70 years of age. She is of mixed heritage: including Irish, English, Scots-Irish, German etc. Her father was a Judge and her mother was an elementary school teacher. She was married to Mike Nichols from 1988 to 2014, until his death, and has 3 step children that her husband had from previous marriages. Her full name is Lila Diane Sawyer, and she was one of the White House staffs during the presidency of Richard Nixon.
While in her schooldays, Sawyer was an editor in chief for The Arrow, her school newspaper and also partook in extra-curricular activities. She was an insecure and lonely child who always felt was under the shadow of Linda, her elder sister. Still as she recalls, she found her inner joy by going out with a small circle of friends who had named themselves as “reincarnated transcendentalists”, often reading works from Emerson and Thoreau alongside a creek. In 1963 when she was in her senior year in high school, Sawyer won the annual America's Junior Miss Scholarship pageant representing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, by the virtue of her poise in the final interview and also her comparison between the music of the North and the South during the Civil War.
She was also America's Junior Miss from 1962 to 1965, promoting the Coca-Cola Pavilion during the New York World's Fair, held from 1964 to 1965. While her initial thoughts regarding touring the country scared her, she soon learnt how beneficial the experience was with regards to developing her grace, poise and spontaneous decision making. Sawyer graduated in 1967 from Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English, where she in her course of study was also a member of an a-cappella group called the Wellesley College Blue Notes, and also the Phi Sigma Lecture Society. Before turning to journalism, Sawyer attended the University of Louisville for one semester of law school.
Sawyer worked as a weather and later news reporter for WLKY-TV from 1967 to 1970, during which time she also worked as a teacher. She had some works related to White House after that, from 1970 to 1974 she was a press aide, and then served as President Richard Nixon's literary assistant from 1974 to 1978. Her stint with CBS began in 1978 as a reporter/correspondent until 1981, after which she became the co-anchor of Morning News till 1984, and then took up corresponding for 60 minutes from 1984 to 1989. From 1989 to 2014, she was affiliated to ABC News in various positions: co-anchor for Primetime Live, 20/20, Good Morning America, Primetime Thursday, Primetime, and ABC World News anchor.