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- Kurzbeschreibung" Weller rivetingly recounts these gutsy ladies' time on the front lines... an inspiration for future generations of journalists ." -- Vanity Fair
For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism. After fierce struggles, three women-Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour-broke into the newsroom's once impenetrable "boys' club." These women were not simply pathbreakers, but wildly gifted journalists whose unique talents enabled them to climb to the top of the corporate ladder and transform the way Americans received their news.
Drawing on exclusive interviews with their colleagues and intimates from childhood on, The News Sorority crafts a lively and exhilarating narrative that reveals the hard struggles and inner strengths that shaped these women and powered their success. Life outside the newsroom-love, loss, child rearing-would mark them all, complicating their lives even as it deepened their convictions and instincts. Life inside the newsroom would include many nervy decisions and back room power plays previously uncaptured in any media account. Taken together, Sawyer's, Couric's, and Amanpour's lives as women are here revealed not as impediments but as keys to their success.
Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Diane Sawyer was a young woman steering her own unique political course in a time of societal upheaval. Her fierce intellect, almost insuperable work ethic, and sophisticated emotional intelligence would catapult Sawyer from being the first female on-air correspondent for 60 Minutes , to presenting anchoring the network flagship ABC World News . From her first breaks as a reporter all the way through her departure in 2014, Sawyer's charisma and drive would carry her through countless personal and professional changes.
Katie Couric, always conveniently underestimated because of her "girl-next-door" demeanor, brazened her way through a succession of regional TV news jobs until she finally hit it big. In 1991, Couric became the cohost of Today , where, over the next fifteen years, she transformed the "female" slot from secondary to preeminent while shouldering devastating personal loss. Couric's greatest triumph-and most bedeviling challenge-was at CBS Evening News , as the first woman to solo-anchor a nighttime network news program. Her contradictions-seriously feminist while proudly sorority-girlish-made her beyond easy typecasting, and as original as she is relatable
- AutorSheila Weller
- VerlagPenguin Books Ltd
- Seiten496 Seiten
- Gewicht416 g
The News You Give Begins with
the News You've Lived
Diane, Christiane, Katie: 1969, 1997, 2000
I. Pushing Past Grief: Diane, 1969
Twenty-three-year-old Diane Sawyer (she used her real first name, Lila, ironically, only in affectionate letters) was working as the first ever full-time female news reporter in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky- on WLKY, Channel 32-in mid-September 1969. She had been on the job for two years, and she-a Wellesley graduate and former beauty queen- was itching to leave for a bigger opportunity, in the nation's capital. Still, Diane's years at WLKY had not been uneventful.
Louisville in the late 1960s had a roiling temper. Some of its residents were hell-bent on overturning the recent federally mandated civil rights advances. When black demonstrators peacefully marched through the streets to protest the stubbornly still segregated neighborhoods, angry whites rushed them, bearing swastikas, hurling bottles. On top of that, the country had just passed through a nightmare of a year, and Diane Sawyer of WLKY had reported on all of it.
Diane and her colleague Bob Winlock-who rejected being "the black reporter" as much as she disliked being "the female reporter"-witnessed painful backlash against advances they had both been a part of. Diane was kept off the riot-scene beat by her gallant bosses-at least one frontline reporter had gotten beaten-but the city's racial anguish was on clear display everywhere, including during the emotionally fraught press conferences she covered for the station.
Violence became commonplace. Early in her tenure at WLKY, Martin Luther King Jr. had been spat upon by a little white girl who couldn't have been more than seven. During another visit, the civil rights leader's skull had barely evaded a rock hurled through his car window (he later held the rock high and pronounced it a "foundation" of his struggle there). Then, of course, came Dr. King's murder-close by, in Memphis-and that of Bobby Kennedy, in Los Angeles, during that surreally violent patch of spring to summer 1968. "Diane was disconsolate" at both assassinations, the station's general manager, Ed Shadburne, says. Still, she dutifully went out to get person-on-the-street responses. That was being a reporter: Tuck in the pain and do your job. You were a witness.
But that was the ironic thing. Diane had already been a witness- indeed, a participant-in some amazing ground-level integration gains almost a full decade earlier
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