Nor was that Sawyer’s sole achievement when she was young. In 1963, for example, she emerged victorious in America’s Junior Miss scholarship pageant. The future journalist won in part thanks to an essay that focused on the different types of music that had emerged during the American Civil War.
Then after Sawyer graduated in journalism from the University of Louisville, things began heating up professionally for her. Firstly, Kentucky station WLKY-TV hired her as its weather forecaster; ultimately, though, the position wasn’t exciting enough.
And so despite a later promotion to a general-assignment post, Sawyer looked to bigger things. In 1970, then, she moved to Washington, D.C., where the fledgling journalist took on the job of assistant to Jerry Warren – then the White House deputy press secretary. But that was just the beginning.