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ABC News' Diane Sawyer Reveals to CNBC's Michael Eisner on 'Conversations with Michael Eisner' What She Really Aspired to When Growing Up

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Full Interview to be Broadcast on CNBC's "Conversations with Michael Eisner" on Monday, February 25th at 9 PM ET and Rebroadcast at Midnight.

Good day. Below are excerpts of an interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer conducted by Michael Eisner for his CNBC program, "Conversations with Michael Eisner." The Sawyer interview will be seen on CNBC's "Conversations with Michael Eisner," Monday, February 25th at 9 PM ET and rebroadcast at Midnight. Please credit any excerpt to CNBC and "Conversations with Michael Eisner." Thank you.

MICHAEL EISNER:
This (television career) is not something you were headed to, right?

DIANE SAWYER:
No, no I had all these lofty ideas. Well, the first thing I wanted to do was clean windows for a living. I'm serious.

MICHAEL EISNER:
You like to look out?

DIANE SAWYER:
I've actually written a little essay as a little girl about wanting to clean windows. Because I thought it was so satisfying. And I-- you just put soap on there and then suddenly everything comes off. And then they shine. And people can see through them.

MICHAEL EISNER:
And then you go to a television station in (INAUDIBLE).

DIANE SAWYER:
Oh, horribly I may say....what I didn't realize is how seriously everybody takes the weather. Because I didn't really know anything about it. And---

MICHAEL EISNER:
Did you make it up? Or did you like--

DIANE SAWYER:
Well I-- I-- I didn't have any contact lenses and I didn't wanna wear glasses. I was too vain. And so I couldn't really even see the West Coast on the map. So I would sort of improvise my feeling about the weather on the West Coast everyday.

And it never occurred to me how-- how important it was day to day for everybody. Until I started getting these letters about...trying to do it straight. But I-- I-- it was clear that it was not-- I was an absent minded nearsighted weather woman?

MICHAEL EISNER:
Why did you go from weather to the White House?

DIANE SAWYER:
I went from weather because I wanted to get out of doing the weather. The day that I said on the air, let's see what I said. I said the high temperature for the day is 69 and the current temperature is 78.

MICHAEL EISNER:
That's not good.

DIANE SAWYER:
And everybody went, "Huh?" And they came to me and said, "You wanna try news. Wanna do some news?" And I'd been persuading the news director anyway to let me go out and do something. So he let me freelance on a couple of things. To see if I could do better.




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