ABC’s Diane Sawyer Appearing at GW-IWMF Conference Launch March 22

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Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC’s “World News,” joins legendary journalist Marvin Kalb to share her insights on the transformation of journalism, the state of the evening news and gender barriers in the newsroom. The forum will take place on Tuesday, March 22, at 8 p.m. in the main ballroom of the National Press Club (529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.).

Diane Sawyer has done it all. She is a terrific anchor and reporter who has covered domestic and foreign policy issues with depth and style, a rare combination. I can't wait to talk to her about our crazy business and even crazier world.

Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC’s “World News,” joins legendary journalist Marvin Kalb to share her insights on the transformation of journalism, the state of the evening news and gender barriers in the newsroom. The forum will take place on Tuesday, March 22, at 8 p.m. in the main ballroom of the National Press Club (529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.).

"Diane Sawyer has done it all,” said Kalb. “She is a terrific anchor and reporter who has covered domestic and foreign policy issues with depth and style, a rare combination. I can't wait to talk to her about our crazy business and even crazier world."

Over the course of her 40 years in journalism, Diane Sawyer has interviewed many of the major newsmakers of our time, including every president since President George H. W. Bush. From serving as a press aide in the Nixon White House to, most recently, settling into the chair as the second female network news anchor in history, Sawyer’s career has been truly extraordinary. Prior to joining ABC, she spent nine years at CBS News where she made history as the first female correspondent at “60 Minutes.” While at CBS, she also co-anchored the "CBS Morning News" and served as state department correspondent. In 1989, Sawyer joined ABC News as co-anchor of "Primetime." A decade later, she was named co-anchor of "Good Morning America," a position she held until succeeding Charles Gibson as anchor of “World News” in 2009.

“Diane Sawyer transcends gender and generational boundaries as a journalist and role model,” said Michael Freedman, GW professor of media and public affairs and executive producer of The Kalb Report series. “And in 2011, her star is still rising as she leads ABC News into the future. Our audience for the forum will range from students to global women media executives. Her inspiring story resonates across the board.”

The Kalb Report will open the International Conference of Women Media Leaders, a four-day conference examining gender barriers in the news business. Co-hosted by the International Women’s Media Foundation and the GW Global Media Institute, the conference will bring together top women media executives from around the world to discuss the results of the Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media - a comprehensive report of where women stand in the hierarchy of the international news media. The conference will culminate in the development of a global plan of action for the advancement of women in the media. Working press are invited to attend. For more information on the March 22-25 conference go to http://www.iwmf.org.

The Kalb Report is produced by the GW Global Media Institute in partnership with the National Press Club and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School. For the eighth consecutive season, the series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Since 1994, the partnership has produced 71 forums with guests including Rupert Murdoch, Walter Cronkite, Christiane Amanpour, Katie Couric, Bob Costas, Ken Burns and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. All forums offer open media coverage.

Moderator Marvin Kalb is a James Clark Welling Presidential Fellow at the George Washington University and Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Over the course of his distinguished 30-year career in broadcast journalism, Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for both CBS News and NBC News, and moderator of Meet the Press. He went on to serve as the founding director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, the 2006 Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club and more than a half-dozen Overseas Press Club awards.

Executive Producer Michael Freedman is a professor in the GW School of Media and Public Affairs and executive director of the GW Global Media Institute. A 30-year broadcast journalist, network executive, university administrator and professor, Freedman served as general manager of CBS Radio Network News, managing editor for the broadcast division of United Press International and vice president for communications at George Washington University. Freedman is the recipient of more than 85 honors for journalistic excellence.

Producer Heather Date serves as associate director of the GW Global Media Institute. Date is a former CNN producer and a graduate of the GW School of Media and Public Affairs. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Women in Media’s 2011 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer of a News Program for her work on The Kalb Report.

The Kalb Report series is directed by Robert Vitarelli, a 39-year CBS News veteran and a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

The George Washington University Global Media Institute explores the evolving roles and responsibilities of the media in our society and the transformation of journalism in the 21st century. The institute produces the highly acclaimed Kalb Report public television and radio series as well as the weekly network radio programs This Just In! and GW Presents American Jazz. The institute is also the administrative home to the POLITICO-George Washington University Battleground Poll.

Free tickets for the March 22 Kalb Report are available online at http://www.kalb.gwu.edu.    

A live webcast of this forum will be available at http://www.kalb.gwu.edu.

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