The News Sorority

The News Sorority

Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour-and the (ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in Tv News

eBook - 2014
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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 convenient l y 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.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
ISBN: 0698170032
9780698170032
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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kpelish
Jun 28, 2017

The author painstakingly details each one of these amazing women and their rise to media power in the face of many obstacles. I liked the fact that she covers their formative childhoods, the good and the bad, how the women decided about motherhood, and how their distinctive style/voice evolved. She also acknowledges the early path breakers like Barbara Walters, who paid a heavy price and didn't quite get the glory. Katie Couric, for example, lied about being fired in order to position herself for help in getting another job, and she winds up being my least favorite of the three--although her husband's death and her recovery is compassionately told. Christiane Amanpour's persistence and sheer bravery in foreign reporting is engrossing, and the mystery of Diane Sawyer's affection for Richard Nixon was interesting to read. Had the book been more tightly edited, I would have added another star; it could be cut quite a bit and not lose the flow.

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gusmcrae
Dec 19, 2014

I am always intrigued by stories of women taking on roles traditionally handled by men and so I was drawn to this book about the rise of 3 of journalism's most prominent women. Overall, I found this a pretty quick "listen" (I had the audiobook). It wasn't as fascinating as Barbara Walter's recent memoir, mostly because it really is just a bunch of stories from mostly anonymous sources. Although interesting, that does kind of take away from the story some. I would be curious to hear their side of the story from Diane, Katie, and Christiane.

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bronteside
Oct 30, 2014

This was a detailed, readable but credible work on three of the biggest superstars in the news biz.sheila weller presents an honest look at the highest paid network divas.she balances a lot of juicy anecdotes with documented research..which keeps the book on the honest side of a People mag format.

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StarGladiator
Sep 05, 2014

Zero content news, without any redeeming value, whether reported by a male without ethics and integrity, or females without ethics and integrity, is still the same insane product. [My soul-jarring final experience of disgust with Diane Sawyer was that despicable interview back in the 1990s she had with the Taliban jet pilot, who lived in America [[again, how was that even possible ??]] and would travel back and forth between here and Afghanistan to bomb the Northern Alliance. Sawyer's inane and amoral interviewing was an atrocity of even corporate news malfeasance!]

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