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. Download and start listening now!