Diane Sawyer to Replace Charles Gibson As 'World News' Anchor

In 2006, Sawyer's report on the crises in the foster care system was recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. In January 2007, she delivered a moving and eye-opening report on poverty in America. "Waiting on the World to Change" gave viewers insight into the lives of families in Camden, N.J., the poorest city in America. Sawyer and her team of producers also spent two years in the hills of Appalachia reporting the February 2009 special, "A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains."

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.

VIDEO: Charlie Gibson kisses an actresss hand.

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.

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