Received her degree in English from Wellesley in 1967. After graduating, she attended the University of Louisville Law School for one year before she decided to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. She returned to her home state of Kentucky to serve as a local TV anchor until 1970, when she moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as a press aide for the Nixon administration. After Nixon’s resignation, Sawyer worked with the transition team as Gerald Ford undertook the presidency, and she later assisted Nixon with the writing of his memoirs. In 1978, she became a political correspondent for CBS, covering national political convention and stories such as the Iran hostage crisis. She became a co-anchor of CBS Morning News in 1981 and became a correspondent for 60 Minutes in 1984. After four years with 60 Minutes, Sawyer moved from the CBS network to ABC. With ABC, she has co-anchored Primetime Live, Good Morning America, and 20/20. During the 1980s, Sawyer also served as a correspondent for both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. She is married to film director Mike Nichols.