Under Sawyer's leadership ?Hidden America? has expanded into an ongoing series of reports across ABC News to shine a light on the people, places and stories of struggle and hope that are not well known or apparent to many in America. The reports also spotlight the creative and innovative actions of some extraordinary Americans to help people in their communities.
Sawyer's other primetime documentaries include an investigation into the warehousing of Russian children in state-run orphanages; a diary of life inside a women's maximum security prison, where she spent two days and nights with inmates; an investigation into the neglect and abuse at state-run institutions for the mentally handicapped; and a landmark investigation into pharmacy prescription errors.
In October 2006, Sawyer traveled to North Korea and brought viewers an unprecedented look inside that secretive country. The first American journalist to ever report live from North Korea, she also anchored ?North Korea: Inside the Shadows,? an hour-long primetime special that included interviews with key government and military officials and new information on what life is like for North Koreans. In February of 2007, she traveled to Syria and Iran, where she conducted exclusive interviews with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In April 2008, she anchored ?Good Morning America? from Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.
Sawyer also reported from Southeast Asia in the wake of the deadly 2005 tsunami; from Moscow, where she made her way into the office of Boris Yeltsin at the pinnacle of the Soviet coup; from Egypt during the Gulf War, where she interviewed President Hosni Mubarak; and Amman, Jordan, where she interviewed King Hussein and Queen Noor. During the Iraq War, she conducted an exclusive interview with one of the main architects of Saddam Hussein's biological weapons program, Dr. Rihab Taha, nicknamed ?Dr. Germ.?
Back home in the U.S., Sawyer reported from New Orleans on the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005. She also conducted a live, exclusive interview with President George W. Bush in the midst of widespread criticism of his Administration's handling of the storm.
On September 11, 2001, along with Charles Gibson, Sawyer began the network's award-winning coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the days that followed she reported live from Ground Zero, and later interviewed more than 60 widows who gave birth after the World Trade Center disaster.
Sawyer's reporting has been recognized with numerous awards, including duPonts, Emmys, Peabodys, the grand prize of the premier Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, an IRTS Lifetime Achievement Award, and the USC Distinguished Achievement in Journalism Award. In 1997 she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
Sawyer joined ABC News in February 1989 as co-anchor of ?Primetime.? In addition to that role, she was named co-anchor of ?Good Morning America? in January 1999, and held the post until taking over the ?World News? anchor chair in December 2009. In August 2009, ?GMA? was recognized with its third consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning program.