Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist
Forrest Sawyer has long been recognized as one of the most experienced and credible broadcast journalists of our day. He brings his vast media expertise, creativity, and integrity to Sawyer Media, where his responsibilities include leading the integration of legacy and new media production with emerging digital technologies. Forrest Sawyer is a veteran journalist who…
Forrest Sawyer has long been recognized as one of the most experienced and credible broadcast journalists of our day. He brings his vast media expertise, creativity, and integrity to Sawyer Media, where his responsibilities include leading the integration of legacy and new media production with emerging digital technologies.
Forrest Sawyer is a veteran journalist who joined NBC News in October 2000 as an anchor and contributor for both the broadcast network and the 24-hour cable news network MSNBC. He played a chief role in the 2000 Presidential campaign and election coverage and has reported major breaking news stories. He is the chief substitute anchor for The News with Brian Williams and, together with Sawyer Media, Forrest Sawyer produces numerous MSNBC documentaries. Erik Sorenson, Vice President and General Manager of MSNBC said upon Sawyer’s arrival at NBC News, “His journalistic versatility, including his experience covering major news events around the globe will be a tremendous asset for our coverage.”
In addition to his assignments with NBC and MSNBC, Forrest Sawyer also reports for the acclaimed PBS documentary program Frontline and the Discovery Channel. He has recently anchored a year-long Discovery initiative on violence in America, including a nationwide town meeting; a Frontline report on the impact of homophobia; as well as a live broadcast from the South Pacific’s Bikini Atoll, where the United States conducted 54 nuclear tests.
Prior to joining NBC News, Forrest Sawyer spent 11 years with ABC News, where he recorded numerous exclusives from every corner of the earth. He anchored the award-winning primetime news magazines Day One, Turning Point, and ABC Saturday Night. For many years, Mr. Sawyer was the anchor of World News Sunday, primary substitute anchor on Nightline, and substitute anchor for World News Tonight and Good Morning America. Forrest Sawyer has filed numerous documentaries and investigative reports, including the first network report on the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster, and live special coverage of both the Oklahoma City bombing tragedy and the San Francisco earthquake. He also reported on the attempted coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and, as the first reporter to gain access to the KGB’s secret documents, he reported an exclusive story on the KGB’s Lee Harvey Oswald file.
Over the past decade, Forrest Sawyer has covered virtually every international conflict involving United States troops. Most notably, he reported covered the Persian Gulf war from the first days of the confrontation through the post-war aftermath in Kurdestan – filing stories from Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt and Jordan. During the ground war Forrest Swayer filed the first live television report from the battlefield in history and reported live from inside Kuwait City while it was still occupied by Iraqi forces. During the air war against Yugoslavia, Mr. Sawyer was the only television reporter inside the U.S. Apache helicopter base and was present when a crash left the U.S with its only fatalities of the war.
Before ABC News, Forrest Sawyer anchored the CBS Morning News with Maria Shriver and was subsequently a foreign correspondent based in London. He reported throughout the region, covering the historic Reagan-Gorbachev summits in Geneva and Reykjavik. Prior to joining the networks, Mr. Sawyer was the lead anchor of WAGA-TV News, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta. He began his broadcasting career in radio, working at various stations across the country including WGST Newsradio in Atlanta, WDVH-AM in Gainesville, and WVBF-FM in Boston.
Forrest Sawyer has received numerous honors during his career, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, seven National Emmy Awards, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, an Associated Press Award, an Ohio State Award, an Ark Award and two American Psychological Association Awards. Mr. Sawyer earned a B.A. degree in comparative religion in 1971 and a Master of Education degree in 1976, both from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
Our Changing World
During this eye-opening presentation, Forrest Sawyer takes on the hottest issues of the day. He makes sense of the headlines and clarifies complicated events, while sharing the wisdom and perspective that only a media veteran of his quality could possess.
Forrest Sawyer As Moderator
One of the best moderators available today, Forrest Sawyer leads discussions with a perfect balance of information and tone, while deftly handling diverse panels of all types. More than just a facilitator, he partners with you to bring out the best in your panel and to clarify your issues.
The Changing Face of Television News
Current Affairs and the News
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