The Hollywood Reporter Names 2013's 35 Most Powerful People in Media
This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Not every legend bothers to tweak his or her talents like Sawyer, who is getting a reputation as the anchor who can move books.
Her empathy with interview subjects, including kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard, has helped her land one of the biggest gets of the year: Amanda Knox, the American exchange student caught in a nightmare Italian justice system. Her sit-down with Knox will air April 30 on ABC in conjunction with the release of Knox’s hotly anticipated memoir, Waiting to Be Heard.
The 67-year-old anchor married to director Mike Nichols is helping World News inch closer to rival NBC Nightly News. Averaging more than 8 million viewers for the first quarter of the year, Sawyer’s program is the closest it has been to Brian Williams’ broadcast in five years.
“Diane Sawyer believes in trying to make a better program, a better piece, a better interview, a better booking,” says ABC News president Ben Sherwood.
FUN FACT: Sherwood first met Sawyer 30 years ago when he was an intern on the CBS News morning show she co-hosted with Bill Kurtis.