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Diane Sawyer hosts 'World News' from Cronkite School

ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer broadcast her show “World News with Diane Sawyer” Thursday evening from the roof of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Sawyer is in the Valley to receive the 27th Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism on Friday at the Biltmore Hotel.

Sawyer is spending two days in Phoenix and will do a report on house foreclosures in the area, said Cathie Levine, the vice president of communications for ABC News.

Even though she will receive her award Friday morning, she wanted to “spend some time with the community,” Levine said.

Before the award ceremony, Sawyer will be speaking to journalism students at the school and they will have an opportunity to ask the anchor questions.

Christopher Callahan, the school’s dean, said it’s a great opportunity for students to engage with Sawyer.

“It’s a unique opportunity,” Callahan said. “[Sawyer] is one of the great broadcasters of our generation.”

Last year NBC’s Brian Williams hosted “Nightly News” from the roof of the Cronkite building and spoke to students before receiving the Cronkite award.

Some selected students were invited to the award ceremony along with political figures, business leaders and ASU alumni.

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