America's Junior Miss 1963 Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer - America's Junior Miss 1963 

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DiaDiane Sawyer - America's Junior Miss 1963ne Sawyer, the daughter of a Kentucky judge who had been tragically killed in a car accident, wins the Kentucky Junior Miss Pageant and goes on to represent the state at the national finals where she is chosen as America’s Junior Miss 1963. Diane Sawyer America's Junior Miss 1963

A serious student, she excels in the Junior Miss program - which bans any swimsuit competition and actually judges contestants' school grades and community service. Oddly, Sawyer initially strikes several judges as too serious to serve as a teen titleholder... until a silly stroke of luck changes their minds--and the course of the crown. During rehearsals, nearsighted Diane walks headfirst into a metal post in front of the judges and dissolves into girlish giggles. Charmed by Sawyer's silly side, the judges change their votes in her favor and, that night, she is named 1963 America's Junior Miss. 

She uses her pageant scholarship money to attend Wellesley College where she graduates with a bachelors degree in English in 1967 and is hired as a press aide to President Nixon. She switches gears - to television reporting - in career move that puts her on the track to stardom in network news as one of the highest paid female anchors in television history. Her rather inauspicious start as a newsgirl / weathergirl in Kentucky soon leads to positions as co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, anchor of PrimeTime Live, co-anchor of ABC's 20/20, first female correspondent on CBS's famous 60 Minutes, and then, in 2009, as the anchor of ABC's evening news program, World News with Diane Sawyer


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