This article is about the American journalist. For other persons with the same name, see Kathleen Sullivan (disambiguation)
She was hired as CNN anchor by former president Reese Schonfeld in 1980. Her career has been involved in nearly every area of broadcasting. For more than ten years, Sullivan was a news anchor, working at CNN, ABC News and CBS News. She is a blogger for HuffPost.
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Attended Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California.
Starting her career in local television, she became the first female anchor hired by CNN in 1980.
She became the first American woman to broadcast live from the Soviet Union when she went there to interview Russians astronaut for the Soviet Pre-Olympic festival. In 1980, Sullivan was picked by Ted Turner to help launch his Cable News Network.
Moving to ABC News, she debuted ABC World News This Morning with co-anchor Steve Bell in 1982, substituted for co-host Joan Lunden on Good Morning America, anchored ABC World News Saturday, and started the first national-network health program, The Health Show. During the 1980s, Sullivan reported live from party conference, summit, state funerals and the Olympic Games. She broadcast live from Buckingham Palace in London to report the list of royal weddings of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales.
In 1984, Sullivan became the first woman to anchor a telecast of the Olympic Games. She was an in-studio anchor for ABC Olympic broadcasts during the 1984 Winter Olympics, held in Sarajevo, and later that year during the 1984 Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles, California.
In 1987, Sullivan moved to CBS News to become co-anchor with Harry Smith of CBS This Morning. She served as co-anchor of the program from November 30, 1987 until February 23, 1990, after which she left CBS News. During her time at CBS, Sullivan was the only American journalist invited by President of the United States Ronald Reagan to a 1987 White House state dinner honoring General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and celebrating the end of the Cold War. Her reporting in 1989 on Hurricane Hugo in South Carolina won her and CBS News an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Event. On her firing from CBS Sullivan stated, "They called me old, unattractive and said, 'No one wants to look at her anymore,' " Sullivan told a reporter. "I broke a lot of news interviews, but that wasn't important to them."
Sullivan was the host of two syndicated health shows in the 1990s.
Sullivan received an Emmy nomination for Best Sportscaster – a first for a woman – and received two Emmy nominations for her work as anchor of E!'s E! News Daily, which she hosted after anchoring full-time coverage of the 1995 O. J. Simpson murder case.
Sullivan is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – to which she was appointed in 2003 by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson.
She has made various cameo appearances as herself in various entertainment television programs including the episode "Millions from Heaven" (1996) of the television sitcom series Roseanne (1988–1997), reporting on the list of Roseanne and The Conners characters winning the lottery.