>• The Good Morning America anchor, 63, talks about not being a morning person, heading to Appalachia for a new prime-time special (airing Feb. 13) and what she’ll do next.
WHAT MOMENTS STAND OUT IN YOUR CAREER AT ABC? In the ’80s and ’90s, I pretty much interviewed every dictator on Earth. When I went to Egypt to interview President Hosni Mubarak, I packed too fast and I didn’t take any shoes. I had to borrow the hotel housekeeper’s shoes, which had these huge, giant bows … I was towering over him.
HOW HARD IS IT WAKING UP AT 3:45 A.M? I was not designed for these hours. I barely function when I first get up. I have everything organized in a kind of a trail, as if you were trekking through the forest. I line up every piece of paper I need, the food I’m taking to the office, the purse, the sticky notes of things I have to remember before I go out the door [and pick them up] all the way to the elevator door.
WHY GO INTO THE HILLS OF APPALACHIA ON 20/20? These are the poorest pockets in America. There’s a stereotype of the toothless mountain person. But no one stops to say, “Wait a minute; who are these people?”… My great-great-great-grandparents came through those hills.
ANY PLANS TO GIVE UP THE MORNING SHIFT? I have no idea. If I said I did, you shouldn’t believe me—because I said “3 months” 10 years ago.