Pioneering woman Diane Sawyer's journey from CBS to ABC News

By: Max Smith  |   | 

1978 marked a new start of Diane's journalism career as she joined CBS News as a general assignment reporter. Later, she was promoted to serve a political correspondent in February 1980 and also made weekday broadcaster of CBS morning news program Morning with Charles Kuralt. After a year, when CBS expanded the show’s time from 60 minutes to 90 minutes, she was made co-anchor. Ratings of the show improved after Sawyer joined, however, progress didn’t last long as Kuralt abandoned later. Thereafter, she co-anchored CBS Early Morning News for a couple of year from 1982 to 1984.

1984 brought another career venture for Sawyer as she became the first female correspondent of CBS newsmagazine 60 minutes. During her 5-year long tenure with the show, it was one of the top five most watched shows in the country. 

Joining ABC News in 1989, she co-anchored a newsmagazine Primetime Live with Sam Donaldson and co-anchored another newsmagazine 20/20 with Donaldson on Wednesday & with Barbara Walters on Sundays. She joined Charles Gibson to co-anchor Good Morning America in 1999 and remained there till 2009.

In 2000, she returned to Primetime newsmagazine with Gibson. She was first person to broadcast the news of plane crash into World Trade Center through Good Morning America. On September 2009, she became successor to Gibson as ABC World News anchor. It was when she left GMA. Diane has already reached 71, but is still lively in her career. She has recently departed from World News but is still serving several positions on ABC News.

The success of this versatile American diva cannot be illustrated in a single thread of sentence. Reports claim that from June 2005 to June 2008, Sawyer earned a whopping amount of 12 million dollars from her journalism career. Currently, she has an estimated net worth of around 80 million dollars from her career. Maybe, some amount from her late husband’s account is added to hers after his demise.


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