ABC News’ Diane Sawyer Gamble Pays Off

By Andrew Gauthier 

Los Angeles Times

Quietly taking over as anchor from Charles Gibson at ” ABC World News” at the end of last year, Diane Sawyer brought with her not only an impressive resume, an excellent name-recognition rating and some pretty cool new graphics, but also a remarkably counterintuitive manner.

In a world dominated by YouTube moments and professional hysterics, Sawyer exudes an alarming level of elegance. From the moment she opened her show — “Good evening, and it is so good to be here with you tonight” — it was clear that she was not going to so much report the news as preside over a series of conversations about the news, conversations she simply must share with you, her personally invited viewer.

And if ratings are any indication, Sawyer may be able to succeed where Katie Couric hasn’t quite More…