|Diane Sawyer Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8.5 in|
|Date of Birth||December 22, 1945|
Diane Sawyer is a successful American television journalist known for anchoring ABC World News, and for co-anchoring ABC News’s morning news program Good Morning America and Primetime newsmagazine. She served as one of the White House staff members of U.S. President Richard Nixon. Later, she accompanied him into exile after his resignation and helped him complete his memoirs. In 1963, she won annual national America’s Junior Miss scholarship pageant. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She has a huge social media fan base with more than 900k followers on Twitter.
Lila Diane Sawyer
Glasgow, Kentucky, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Diane Sawyer studied at the Seneca High School in the Buechel area of Louisville. Later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1967.
She briefly attended law school at the University of Louisville before deciding to pursue journalism.
- Father – Erbon Powers Sawyer (County Judge)
- Mother – Jean W. Sawyer (Elementary School Teacher)
- Siblings – Linda Sawyer (Older Sister)
- Others – Daisy Nichols (Stepdaughter), Max Nichols (Stepson), Jenny Nichols (Stepdaughter), James Alexander Garfield Sawyer (Paternal Grandfather), Frederick Hartwell Sawyers (Paternal Great Grandfather), Sarah Mackey (Paternal Great Grandmother), Nettie Lenora Hay (Paternal Grandmother), Ambrose Richard Hay (Paternal Great Grandfather), Victoria Emily Johnson/Johnston (Paternal Great Grandmother), Foxie B. Dunagan (Maternal Grandfather), Lafayette Dunagan (Maternal Great Grandfather), Mary Walta/Alta Weaver (Maternal Great Grandmother), Nora Belle Roberts (Maternal Grandmother), The Rev. Reuben Riley Roberts (Maternal Great Grandfather), Martha Ellen Caylor (Maternal Great Grandmother)
Diane Sawyer self manages her career.
5 ft 8½ in or 174 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Diane Sawyer has dated –
- Warren Beatty – Diane was rumored to be dating actor Warren Beatty in the past.
- Frank Gannon – In the early 1970s, Diane began a relationship with Frank Gannon, who was also then working as an aide to President Richard Nixon. The pair lived together for a while, even after Richard Nixon’s resignation from the post of Presidency. On August 9, 1974, they both accompanied Richard Nixon to San Clemente aboard Air Force One. However, the couple later broke up.
- Richard Holbrooke – Diane had an affair with American diplomat Richard Holbrooke for several years in the past. The couple shared a house in New York.
- Mike Nichols (1986-2014) – In 1986, Diane began a relationship with film and theatre director, producer, and actor Mike Nichols. They first met in the Concorde lounge at the Paris airport. They started meeting each other for lunch, and soon, their romance became serious. The couple tied the knot on Martha’s Vineyard on April 29, 1988, and soon became popular as one of New York’s power couples. They had no children together. The couple shared a strong bond till Mike’s sudden death due to heart attack on November 19, 2014.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Irish, German, and Swiss-German descent.
- Long rounded chin
- Neck length hair
In 2007, Diane Sawyer appeared in the print ads for Association of American Publishers‘ “Get caught reading” promotional campaign.
Best Known For
- Anchoring ABC World News and appearing as a co-anchor of ABC News’s morning news program Good Morning America and Primetime news
- Her work as a White House staff of U.S. President Richard Nixon as she later followed him into exile after his resignation and helped him complete his memoirs
First TV Show
In 1980, she made her first TV show appearance as a Reporter on the TV series Universe.
- Cardio – For cardio, Diane usually took the 1.67-mile run around Manhattan’s Central Park reservoir with her trainer who allowed her to walk now and then, and continued with jogging at a fast phase. The idea was to maintain a heart rate of 140 and 149 beats per minute.
- Strength Training – Her strength training included working with machines, bench exercise, weights, pulleys, elastic tubing, a balancing board, and a large inflated ball. Jim alternated her work out between her upper body and lower body each day. She used to do 10 exercises per session with 8 to 15 repetitions of each and maintained a heart rate between 120 and 130.
Diane used to do stretches after her workout.
As for her diet, she was advised to eat smart by understanding the calories that each food contains and its methods of preparation.
Diane Sawyer Favorite Things
- Leftover Food – Meat Loaf
- Mentor/Best Friend – Mike Wallace
Source – RachaelRayMag.com, IMDb
Diane Sawyer Facts
- When she was a baby, her family moved to Louisville.
- Her father, who was a popular Republican politician, community leader, and Kentucky’s Jefferson County Judge/Executive passed away in a car accident in 1969, and the E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, in the Frey’s Hill area of Louisville, was built in his honor.
- While she was in school, she served as editor-in-chief for her school newspaper, The Arrow.
- Growing up, she always felt that she was living in her older sister, Linda’s shadow.
- As a teen, she was insecure and somewhat a loner and hanged out with a group of friends who called themselves “reincarnated transcendentalist”.
- In 1963, during her senior year of high school, she won annual national America’s Junior Miss scholarship pageant, representing the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
- While at the Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, she was a member of an a cappella-singing group called the Wellesley College Blue Notes and was also a part of the Phi Sigma Lecture Society.
- Forbes magazine, in their report titled “List of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” stated that Diane earned approximately $12 million from entertainment alone between June 2005 and June 2008.
- She is a member of Broadcast Magazine Hall of Fame and the Television Academy of Fame.
- She started her career in broadcasting as a reporter at WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky.
- In 1984, she became the first female correspondent for CBS News’ investigative show, 60 Minutes.
- She was born precisely at 8:00 AM–CST.
- She mentioned “tennis, basketball, being a Young Republican and, when time permits, knitting,” as the list of activities she likes doing during her first pageant run.
- Diane had a dog named Lila, named after her first name.
- The stories that she covered, which still resonates within her include the West Virginia mining tragedy and the Haiti Earthquake.
- If she weren’t a journalist, she would probably be auditioning for some sad-song piano bar, since she has a very bizarre and eccentric attachment to sorrowful songs.
- Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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