Monday, September 12, 2011

Giffords To Give First Post-Shooting Interview to ABC News' Diane Sawyer

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

ABC News announces:

In a landmark television event, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly will share their remarkable story for the first time since the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2011.

Giffords’ story of strength, hope, and astounding resilience has captivated the nation over the past eight months. Rep. Giffords was hosting a ‘Congress on Your Corner’ meet-and-greet event for constituents in Tucson, Arizona the morning of January 8 when shots rang out. Six people were killed, and many others injured, including Giffords.

In a broadcast exclusive, Diane Sawyer chronicles Giffords’ courageous, step-by-step journey to recover from her near fatal injury, with her husband by her side. The broadcast will also document the couple’s courtship, marriage, and extraordinary careers in public service. The Diane Sawyer special will air on Monday, November 14 at 10:00 PM ET on the ABC Television Network.

The broadcast will air in conjunction with the publication of ”Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope,” a memoir by Congresswoman Giffords and Mark Kelly, co-written by Jeffrey Zaslow, Wall Street Journal columnist and co-author of “The Last Lecture.” The much-anticipated memoir is being published by Scribner on November 15, 2011. A portion of the authors’ net proceeds will go to charities in Arizona.

UPDATE: According to the Tucson Sentinel, ABC's announcement was somewhat misleading and premature:

"Congresswoman Giffords has not decided if she's going to conduct an on-camera interview," said Mark Kimble, her spokesman.

Sawyer will interview Kelly on camera, and "sit down and talk with Mark and Gabby" off camera, Kimble said.

Giffords will make a decision on an interview "at some point, based on her progress" in rehabilitation, he said.

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