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Lila Diane Sawyer (born December 22, 1945) is an American television journalist for ABC and co-anchor of its morning news show, Good Morning America. In 2001 she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal. In 2007 she ranked 62nd on Forbes’ "The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women" list.
Diane was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, the daughter of Jean W. (née Dunagan), an elementary school teacher, and Erbon Powers "Tom" Sawyer, a judge. She attended Seneca High School in the Buechel area of Louisville. In 1967, she received a degree in English from Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
She attended one semester of law school at the University of Louisville before turning to journalism.
Diane Sawyer worked as a local TV news reporter and "weather girl" for WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1970, the White House press secretary hired her to serve in the administration of President Richard Nixon. She later helped Nixon write his memoirs, published in 1978 and also helped him prepare for his famous set of television interviews with journalist David Frost in 1977.