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A provocative look at the three remarkable women who revolutionized television broadcast news

For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism, until finally three—Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour—broke through, definitively remaking America’s nightly news. Drawing on exclusive interviews with their colleagues and intimates from childhood on, bestselling author Sheila Weller crafts a lively and eye-opening narrative, revealing the combination of ambition, skill, and character that enabled these three singular women to infiltrate the once impenetrable “boys club” and become cultural icons.

Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Diane Sawyer was a driven, elegant young woman in a time of societal upheaval. Her fierce intellect, almost insuperable work ethic, and mysterious emotional intelligence would catapult Sawyer from being the first female on-air correspondent for 60 Minutes to presenting heartbreaking specials on child poverty in America while anchoring the network flagship, ABC World News Tonight.

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 New York. In 1991, Couric became the Today show cohost, where over the next fifteen years she transformed the “female” slot from secondary to preeminent. Couric’s greatest triumph—and most bedeviling challenge—was inheriting the mantle of Walter Cronkite at CBS Evening News, as the first woman ever to anchor a prestigious nighttime network news program.

A glamorous but unorthodox cosmopolite—the daughter of a British Catholic mother and Iranian Muslim father—Christiane Amanpour made a virtue of her outsider status. She joined the fledgling CNN on the bottom rung and then became its “face” catalyzing its rise to global prominence. Her fearlessness in war zones and before presidents and despots would make her the world’s witness to some of its most acute crises and television’s chief advocate for international justice.

The News Sorority takes us behind the scenes as never before to track Sawyer’s, Couric’s, and Amanpour’s ascendance to the highest ranks of the media elite, showing that the compelling desire to report the news—a drive born of curiosity, empathy, and humanity—must be matched by guts, awesome competitive fervor, and rare strategic savvy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Weller rivetingly recounts these gutsy ladies’ time on the front lines of domestic and international war zones, political battlefields, and live morning television…An inspiration for future generations of journalists.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “It’s hard to come away from The News Sorority feeling anything less than admiration, if not reverence, for Couric, Sawyer and Amanpour, and sympathy for all the women… who had to wrangle with ratings, network politics, and defiantly sexist executives, while managing the delicate egos of their male counterparts.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A well-reported and refreshingly fair-minded biography…A book that manages to be both compelling and resolutely evenhanded.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “It’s worth reading The News Sorority as both a handbook of cutthroat office politics and a cautionary tale. These women brought ego, ambition, and a willingness to play just as rough as the boys to the newsrooms—and made history because of that.”

    Washington Post

  • "[D]aring, dashing…This is a terrific book…If you like history and gossip and believe, like I do, that gossip is history—you will love reading about the big three.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Bracing tales of tenacity against a bastion of sexism during a time when established newscasters like Harry Reasoner believed women simply did not belong on the air…Inspiring bios of today’s professional heroines.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In clear, authoritative tones reminiscent of those that might emanate from a news anchor, narrator Morgan Hallett takes listeners through this account of Sawyer’s, Couric’s, and Amanpour’s struggles to gain just such a seat. Hallett remains fittingly unsentimental yet emotive while narrating the formative moments in the personal lives and careers of these iconic women. Their distinct personalities and career approaches emerge, as do differences in their public and private personas. Weller dishes out enough intrigue, backstabbing, and bad blood for listeners who are looking for them, but she also provides plenty of history, news industry revelations, and insights on women in leadership. Hallett’s professional tone reinforces the substantive nature of the book and the women it features.”


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