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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
God will never put on you more than you can bear.

Birthplace

Born:
9/29/1958
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
God will never put on you more than you can bear.

Birthplace

Born:
9/29/1958
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Diann Burns was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 1958, the daughter of a Methodist preacher. Surrounded by extended family for most of her childhood, she recalls the support and generosity she received growing up. Her immediate family relocated several times when she was a child, briefly living in Pittsburgh and then Cincinnati, before returning to Cleveland, where Burns remained through college and young adulthood. Diann took an interest in theater and acted during her high school and college years. After pursuing a career on stage, she turned to journalism.

Burns graduated from Columbia University's prestigious Graduate School of Journalism, and worked as a general assignment reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She then moved on to become a sports editor, photographer and reporter at the black-owned Cleveland Call and Post, and later entered broadcasting with the Independent Network News of New York. In 1994, Burns was named co-anchor of the ten o'clock news at the ABC Chicago affiliate WLS-7, becoming the first African American woman to occupy such a position.

Burns is committed to numerous charitable organizations, most notably the Northern Illinois Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Support Group, an organization that assists high school students with school work and home life by providing tutorial and social services. She is also involved in the fight against pediatric AIDS.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Diann Burns talks about her father's origins
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Diann Burns names her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Diann Burns talks about her earliest memories as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Diann Burns describes the Ohio neighborhood of her youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Diann Burns reflects on what it was like being a minister's daughter
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Diann Burns describes her personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Diann Burns talks about her personality, her schooling and her sister's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Diann Burns recalls her childhood personality and her love for the theater
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Diann Burns talks about her early theater experiences and some of her roles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Diann Burns talks more about her early theater experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Diann Burns discusses her father's thoughts on her acting career and her decision to go to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Diann Burns recalls her decision to transfer colleges and go to New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Diann Burns talks about her experiences in New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Diann Burns recalls the work atmosphere and racism in her early TV broadcasting career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Diann Burns recalls her TV broadcasting experiences in New York and Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Diann Burns talks about her early female role models in television
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Diann Burns talks about her news anchor experiences in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Diann Burns talks about her move to Chicago television
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Diann Burns shares her advice to blacks entering the television broadcasting industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Diann Burns talks about how she succeeded in the television broadcasting industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Diann Burns recalls her job progression at Channel 7 in Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Diann Burns discusses how she got the prime anchor spot at Channel 7
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Diann Burns talks about the work environment at Channel 7
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Diann Burns talks about the surprises in her job
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Diann Burns details how she met her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Diann Burns talks about her career and her parents' view of her success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Diann Burns talks about her legacy and shares a story about mentorship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Photo - Diann Burns at six months old, Cleveland, Ohio, 1956
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Photo - Diann Burns as sports editor for the 'Cleveland Press' newspaper, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Photo - Diann Burns in a fashion photo shoot, Chicago, Illinois, 1986-1987
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Photo - Diann Burns's senior photo at Cleveland Heights High School, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 1974
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Diann Burns in her dormitory room at Columbia University, New York, New York, early 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Diann Burns with photographer Art Campbell on assignment in Somalia for WLS-TV, Channel 7, Chicago, Illinois, 1993
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Diann Burns's maternal grandmother, Mary Newbern and her uncle, Robert Christian
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Diann Burns and Pam Rubenstein, Cleveland Heights High School, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, early 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Diann Burns performing with the Temptations, Chicago, Illinois, 1987-1988
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Diann Burns with her roommates Sabrina and Gina while a graduate student at Columbia University, New York, ca. early 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Peter Jennings, Diann Burns and Alan Krashesky cover the Democratic Convention for WLS-TV, Channel 7, Chicago, Illinois, 1996
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Diann Burns's class photo from the second grade, Lincoln Elementary School, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Diann Burns in Somalia on assignment for WLS-TV, Channel 7, Chicago, Illinois, 1993
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Bill Campbell, Telma Hopkins, Harry Porterfield and Diann Burns host the Bud Billiken Parade for WLS-TV, Channel 7, Chicago, Illinois, 1989
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Diann Burns with Co-Anchor John Drury, WLS-TV, Channel 7, Chicago, Illinois, 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Diann Burns's publicity photo for WLS-TV, Channel 7, Chicago, Illinois, 1985
  • Tape: 4 Story: 19 - Photo - Diann Burns and NBA basketball player, Charles Oakley, 1986
  • Tape: 4 Story: 20 - Photo - Diann Burns interviewing singer Al B. Sure for WLS-TV, Channel 7, Chicago, Illinois, 1986
  • Tape: 4 Story: 21 - Photo - Diann Burns's husband, Marc Watts, on the cover of the 'National Association of Black Journalists Journal,' September/October 1996
  • Tape: 4 Story: 22 - Photo - Diann Burns in a Karamu House performance of 'for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,' Cleveland, Ohio, 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 23 - Photo - Diann Burns in the article, "Making it on Merit," by Michael Leiderman for 'North Shore' magazine, January, 1991
  • Tape: 4 Story: 24 - Photo - Diann Burns with her graduating class from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York, New York, 1981
  • Tape: 4 Story: 25 - Photo - Diann Burns in an article by Jane Ammeson for 'Chicago Life' magazine, Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1995