Diane Sawyer's Biography

PHOTO Diane Sawyer is shown in this file photo.

Diane Sawyer is an ABC News anchor, tackling some of the biggest issues of our time in new ways with original reporting, primetime specials, long form interviews and in-depth investigations. 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.

Most recently, Sawyer secured the exclusive interview with Olympic gold medalist and current reality television star Bruce Jenner who talked about being a transgender person in a two-hour, far-ranging special on the issue. Also in 2015, she investigated incarceration for the third time in almost two decades for a Hidden America special "A Nation of Women Behind Bars." She traveled to Austria to interview Julie Andrews for "The Untold Story of 'The Sound of Music,'" a special on the 50th anniversary of the iconic film. Sawyer reported on sex trafficking with journalist Nicholas Kristof and interviewed the women featured in and the author of "Ashley's War," a book on the first female soldiers to work alongside special operations teams on the battlefield.

From 2009 to 2014, Sawyer was the Anchor of "World News with Diane Sawyer," leading ABC's flagship broadcast to new heights.

In 2014, as they have throughout her unparalleled career, newsmakers turned to Sawyer first to share their stories. Former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton sat down with Sawyer in the first televised interview on her book, Hard Choices. She interviewed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in his first interview since his January press conference on the George Washington Bridge lane closure. Earlier this year, her one-hour special, "Young Guns" with David Muir, provided a revealing look at young kids with access to unlocked guns. This year, Sawyer helped lead ABC News to win an Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television.

At key moments in 2013, 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.

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, resulting in a Deadline Club Award win for ABC News.

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