Diane Sawyer was passed over twice as anchor of ABC's evening news. But after Charlie Gibson announced his retirement yesterday, ABC News President David Westin announced Sawyer would take over the network's top news post.
It's the capstone of a career for Sawyer, who got her start as a local television reporter in Louisville, Ky., and worked as an aide to President Richard Nixon before joining CBS News, where she served as the first female correspondent of "60 Minutes." She joined ABC in 1989 as co-anchor of "Primetime Live," a post she continued to hold after being recruited by Westin to help shore up a struggling "GMA" in 1999 as co-host with Gibson.
The ascension of Sawyer cements her standing as ABC's top news personality and means that for the first time, there will be two women anchoring the networks' flagship evening news programs. But as she joins NBC's Brian Williams and CBS' Katie Couric in the top echelon of broadcast news, Sawyer faces the challenge of making her mark in a genre that has been in a steady decline. If anyone can turn that around Diane can.
I have always been a huge fan of Diane Sawyer, in my humble she is the essence of style and grace. She's smart, sexy, independent and beautiful. Can you believe she's 63? Diane, I will miss you on Good Morning America but I'll bet the folks over on The Today Show are loving the move.