At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, millions of TV news viewers will be watching veteran news icon Diane Sawyer anchor the popular ABC evening World News program.
Popular TV News anchor Diane Sawyer will make her debut as anchor of ABC evening World News Monday evening.
Kentucky's courier-journal.com reports
For the first time, two of the three principal network evening-news shows will have women as solo anchors: Sawyer at ABC and Katie Couric at CBS — with Brian Williams holding up the Y chromosome at NBC.
For Sawyer, who turns 64 on Tuesday, the anchor chair caps a remarkable sequence of opportunities. She landed her first TV job in the 1960s as a reporter and weather presenter for WLKY, then ABC's local affiliate.
Sawyer, a native of Glasgow, Kentucky who grew up in Louisville, will turn 64 on Tuesday.
Before taking the lead in the popular ABC Evening World News, Sawyer is the co-anchor of ABC's 'Good Morning America'.
The popular TV News anchor, whose father was a judge and a former Republican politician, had her early education in Louisville where she attended Seneca High School.
In 1967, she received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in English from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She attended one semester of law school at the University of Louisville before turning to journalism.
Diane Sawyer had a brief stint at the White House during the Nixon administration. She later worked with the former president when he left office. In 1978, Sawyer joined CBS News as a political correspondent and became a co-anchor, with Bill Kurtis, of the CBS Morning News in 1981. In 1984, she became a correspondent for 60 Minutes, a CBS News investigative television news magazine; she remained for five years.
In 1989, she moved to ABC News to co-anchor Primetime Live, a news magazine with Sam Donaldson. From 1998 to 2000, she would become a co-anchor for ABC's 20/20, also a news magazine, co-anchoring on Wednesdays with Donaldson and on Sundays with Barbara Walters.