She has German, Irish, English and also Scots-Irish roots.
Diane Sawyer was born on December 22, 1945 in Glasgow, Kentucky, USA as Lila Diana Sawyer. She is a writer, known for ABC Evening News (1953), 60 minutes (1968) and Primetime Live (1989). She began her journalism career in the local Kentucky news before moving on to the White House press office under President Richard Nixon. A few years after Nixon's resignation, Sawyer began rising through the ranks at CBS News. In 1984, she was the first woman correspondent for CBS's marquee news magazine 60 Minutes, and from there her career has been a ceaseless climb up the news ladder, culminating in an array of honors and awards and a spot in the echelon of American news reporters.