Sawyer Lands Top Spot; Afghan Women Stayed Home

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersABC News named Diane Sawyer to succeed Charles Gibson as anchor of “World News Tonight” on September 2. When Sawyer takes on this new role in January, two of the three major network’s evening news broadcasts will be anchored by women–a first in television history. (Sawyer also made history as the first female correspondent for “60 Minutes” in 1984.)”Diane Sawyer is the right person to succeed Charlie and build on what he has accomplished,” said ABC News President David Westin in a press statement. “She has an outstanding and varied career in television journalism.”Sawyer’s promotion follows the July 28 release of the Radio-Television News Directors Association’s annual survey, which found more females working in the industry. Women now hold more than 41 percent of TV news jobs and 29 percent of TV news director positions–both record highs.More News to Cheer This Week:On the heels of Women’s eNews August 31 cover story about insurance coverage of prenatal care, Kathleen Sebelius and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) held a roundtable discussion with executives from the Maine Women’s Lobby and the AARP on September 3.