Diane Sawyer Kicks Off Oprah Winfrey Network's 'Master Class' Series (VIDEO)

01/03/2011 05:49 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Diane Sawyer was the subject of the first official episode of the Oprah Winfrey Network's show "Master Class." In the episode, Sawyer touched on a wide range of topics about her life and her work. In one excerpt, Sawyer talked about an adversarial interview she conducted with Saddam Hussein just before the first Gulf War.


Sawyer also spoke about what she feels is the continued strength of the network newscast:

"But we still have this enormously big - in television and in all terms, and I am talking about all of us collectively at 6:30 at night - big thoughtful audiences and they are movers and shakers out there and they listen. You can volley an idea out into the world and watch it come around again. You can tell everyone something - something at the center of politics or at the center of what's going on overseas and see the way the next day it drives the questions and drives the answers."

In another moment from the show, Sawyer recounted a lesson her father taught her about how to live your life:

"My dad, I still think, had the most beautiful, simple checklist for what you should do in life: Do something you really love that you would do it anyway. Do it in the most adventurous place you can do it. And make sure that it helps other people. And if you feel there's a genuine need for it, and that through that need you can help other people, you're home."