Prior to joining ABC News Sawyer spent nine years at CBS News, making history as the first female correspondent of ?60 Minutes.? She also co-anchored the ?CBS Morning News? and was CBS News' State Department correspondent. While at CBS she covered the 1980, ?84 and ?88 national conventions as a floor and then podium correspondent.
Sawyer was part of the Nixon-Ford transition team from 1974 to 1975 and assisted former President Nixon in the writing of his memoirs in 1974 and 1975. She began her career in broadcasting in 1967 in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was a reporter for WLKY-TV until 1970.
A native of Glasgow, Kentucky, and raised in Louisville, Sawyer received a BA from Wellesley College and completed a semester of law school before embarking on a career in broadcasting.