Diane Graces Cap File‘s Fall Issue

It’s ABC’s Diane Sawyer who graces the cover of the latest Capitol File, but the mag’s real “it” girl is new Editor-in-Chief Sarah Schaffer. FBDC caught up with Schaffer for the scoop on the fall issue, which should hit newsstands October 1st…

Diane Sawyer’s on the cover- what timing! Was she picked before her big announcement as the new “World News” anchor? And why?

We’re thrilled to have Diane Sawyer on the cover, and at such an important time in her career as she prepares to take over the helm at “World News.” We chose her for our fall issue because we admire her body of work, warm spirit and long career in journalism. We’ve had this cover planned for a long while now, but as it turns out the timing worked perfectly for her- and for us! In our interview she talks about her journo mentors and favorite stories, as well as her early days working in the Nixon White House. It’s a good read.

What new features can we will see in this issue and can we expect to see in future issues?

Where do I begin? We’ve made some design tweaks and pumped up our coverage of the District’s food and fashion scenes. We’re also introducing a new special section called Obsessions. It’s an annual guide to what we’re, as the name suggests, obsessed with right now in Greater Washington. And more than ever before we’re taking a peek inside the lives of the people who define Washington’s culture-politicians, power players, media types, artists, philanthropists and local business leaders- with features like our On the Record piece, a first-person essay (this month’s is by Mark Shriver; he talks about his family’s legacy) and our Life of the Party page, which polls two politicos- one from the left and one from the right- on their hobbies, passions, annoyances and favorite DCisms.

Sawyer has a three-page spread, in which she discusses what has changed in journalism over the course of her career, her favorite and most harrowing interviews and even dabbles into her personal life.

You’ll also recognize a certain contributor’s name this issue of Cap File. Matt catches up with a few DC media types, including Luke Russert, George Stephanopoulos, Ed Henry, Amy Holmes and Dana Priest this fall about their favorite local haunts.

Some dets from Sawyer’s Cap File interview after the jump…

Sawyer says the “nonstop yakking” is among the biggest changes she’s observed in journalism. Her most harrowing interview? Sawyer says Saddam Hussein “wasn’t easy.” As for sleep, she doesn’t get much, maybe four hours a night. “Five is a complete luxury. About 14 a night on the weekends,” she says. As for spirituality, Sawyer jokes that she prays for “good lighting!”

Cap File ends the interview commenting that Diane has done “everything.” “You’re probably right,” she answers. Considering this was before her announcement as Charlie Gibson’s replacement anchor on ABC’s “World News,” we imagine the emphasis was on “probably.”