ABC’s Diane Sawyer will get the first one-on-one television interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton surrounding the June release of the former secretary of state’s new book, “Hard Choices.”
The network said this week the Clinton interview will air during a primetime special airing on June 9. ABC said Robin Roberts will conduct the first live interview with Clinton the following day on “Good Morning America.”
Clinton’s book chronicling her time at the State Department will be released June 10 and comes as the former first lady and New York senator is considering another presidential campaign. The first interviews surrounding Clinton’s book release have been highly coveted by television networks because of the potential for a large viewing audience.
Early polls show Clinton as the leading Democratic contender for the White House and her future plans have been widely anticipated by supporters who have encouraged her to try to become the nation’s first female president.
Publisher Simon & Schuster has said the new book will offer an inside account of the “crises, choices and challenges” Clinton faced as secretary of state.
The former first lady has been active on the speaking circuit since departing the Obama administration and promoted policy issues through her family’s philanthropic foundation.
Robin Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published on Dec. 29 on the ABC News anchor’s Facebook page.
The message, which follows Roberts’ battle with a life-threatening illness, is the first time the “Good Morning America” anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Roberts’ post was confirmed by ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley.
Sunday was the anniversary of Roberts’ 100-day milestone following a bone marrow transplant in September 2012 for treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood and bone marrow disease.
In May, Grand Central Publishing announced Roberts, one of the most popular figures in morning TV news, will write a memoir about her battle with MDS and the life lessons she continues to gather following her return to “GMA” last February.
In May 2012, President Barack Obama first came out in support of marriage equality in an interview with Roberts.
Sam Champion, the weather anchor for “Good Morning America,” has announced his plan to marry longtime boyfriend Rubem Robierb later this year.
The weatherman and the Brazilian-born photographer plan to celebrate their nuptials on New Year’s Eve in Miami, Champion told the New York Times. Champion’s wedding announcement was included in a story about MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts’ wedding to Patrick Abner on Sept. 29 in New York.
“We’ll do it (in New York) officially, and then have a party in Miami,” Robierb told the Times.
Champion, 51, originally tweeted his marital intentions to his fans on Oct. 5. Apparently, it was the first time publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation.
He followed the original Tweet with a second one announcing, “I’ve never been happier to share a bit of personal news.”
GLAAD president Herndon Graddick was among the first to congratulate Champion.
“Sam has been a good friend and longtime supporter of GLAAD, and I wish him and Rubem the absolute best,” Graddick said in a statement.
In addition to Roberts and Abners’ wedding announcement, CNN anchors Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper recently came out publicly.