As Lila Diane Sawyer, she was born on 22nd December, 1945 in Glasgow, Kentucky, Unites States to parents Jean W and Erbon Powers. Soon after her birth, her family relocated to Louisville, where her dad became a popular republican politician and community leader. He was killed in a car accident in 1969.
She attended and graduated from Seneca High School, where she served as an editor-in-chief for school newspaper. Active participant in artistic activities in her school. Later, she earned a Bachelors' of Arts degree with major in English from Wellesley College. And she went to a law school at University of Louisville for a semester before kicking off her professional journey.
Soon after graduation, Sawyer pursued her career as a meteorologist at WLKY-TV, Louisville. As weather forecasting was never her interest, she started seeking for another position and later got a general assignment post but was unable to continue it for long. Afterwards, she became an assistant to White House deputy press secretary Jerry Warren. She thrived in her new role and later served as a draft person to former president Richard Nixon.
In her political career Sawyer enjoyed several highs and lows. Sawyer was identified as the Deep Throat; source that leaked classified information, of the Watergate scandal. She, however, laughed off the claims of her being a Deep Throat and was one of the six people to receive public denial.