Diane Sawyer's Biography

PHOTO Diane Sawyer is shown in this file photo.

Diane Sawyer is the anchor of ABC's flagship broadcast ?World News.? She is also the network's principal anchor for breaking news, election coverage and special events. One of the most respected journalists in the world, she has traveled the globe delivering in-depth and breaking news reports and has conducted interviews with almost every major newsmaker of our time. Her primetime documentaries have won critical acclaim for shedding light on difficult and previously under-reported topics, including her in-depth reporting on the U.S. foster care system and realities of poverty in America.

In 2013, as they have throughout her unparalleled career, newsmakers, world leaders and presidents turned to Sawyer first to share their stories. At key moments in the last year, Sawyer interviewed Malala Yousafzai, the girl shot in the head by Taliban assassins because she wanted to go to school; President Barack Obama as he made the case for military strikes in Syria; Amanda Knox, the college junior who became the center of a dramatic murder trial in Italy; and President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush on the eve of the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

This year Sawyer anchored live coverage on ABC News during the biggest news stories of 2013, including the aftermath of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, from the Vatican during the historic transition to a new Pope, and in Washington, DC for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

In May as part of her acclaimed and award-winning ?Hidden America? series, Sawyer reported from Strawberry Mansion, one of the most dangerous schools in the United States for the last five years. With unprecedented access inside the Philadelphia high school, Sawyer gave viewers an up close look at what it's like to teach, to learn and to try to gain a foothold in life there.

Throughout 2012. Sawyer anchored ABC's ?Your Voice, Your Vote? coverage of the Presidential elections with Chief Political correspondent George Stephanopoulos. Together they moderated the most-watched debate of the election cycle in Des Moines, Iowa, and a debate in New Hampshire just days before the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary. Sawyer interviewed the Presidential candidates at key moments throughout the campaign, including the first interview with Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, after he secured the Republican nomination in April 2012, and the first interview with President Obama after the pivotal first Presidential debate in October.

In 2011, Sawyer sat down for exclusive interviews with some of the year's biggest newsmakers, including: Commander Mark Kelly in the wake of the tragic shooting of his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson, Ariz.; Donald Rumsfeld in his first interview since leaving the Bush Administration; the first interview with Jaycee Dugard; and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who shared her remarkable story of recovery for the first time since the tragic shooting in Tucson. In addition Sawyer brought viewers audio recordings of the never-before-heard interviews with former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy recorded in the months after her husband's assassination and spoke exclusively with Caroline Kennedy. In June she conducted the first joint interview with outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and General David Petraeus in Afghanistan and conducted the first interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after the U.S. took military action in Libya.

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