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, Sawyer also anchored "North Korea: Inside The Shadows," an hourlong primetime special that included interviews with key government and military officials and new information on what life is like for North Koreans.
In February 2007, Sawyer traveled to Syria and Iran, where she conducted exclusive interviews with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In April 2008, Sawyer anchored "GMA" from Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.
Prior to joining ABC News, Sawyer spent nine years at CBS News. There she made history as the first female correspondent for "60 Minutes." She also co-anchored the "CBS Morning News" and was CBS News' State Department correspondent. While at CBS, Sawyer covered the 1980,1984 and 1988 national political 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, Ky., where she was a reporter for WLKY-TV until 1970.
A native of Glasgow, Ky., and raised in Louisville, Sawyer received a B.A. from Wellesley College and completed a semester of law school before embarking on a career in broadcasting.