With ‘GMA,’ Stephanopoulos Tries for Another Reinvention

By Andrew Gauthier 


Conservatives are predictably outraged. Liberals feel that he long ago betrayed them. And his Washington friends, though supportive, seem baffled by his decision to take a job that doesnt seem like a natural fit.

Reaction to ABCs selection of George Stephanopoulos to succeed Diane Sawyer in one of network televisions most coveted positions as co-anchor of “Good Morning America” reflects the fact that as a close and highly visible aide to President Bill Clinton, Stephanopoulos was one of the most successful and identifiable figures of his generation before he ever aspired to television news.


For many of these friends and critics, Stephanopoulos, 48, is still the boyish and tousle-haired aide perpetually spinning Clinton out of his latest brush with trouble. Yet the reality is that few public figures in recent years have so successfully reinvented themselves–and worked so hard to do it.

Depending on how you count them, this is at least the fifth career transformation Stephanopoulos has carefully engineered. More…