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Unlikely Friends Reunite Two Years after Crash

sawyerforrest.jpgTwo years ago, former ABC and NBC news anchor Forrest Sawyer was injured during a helicopter crash while on assignment for the Travel Channel in Tanzania. Sawyer later said that he felt close to death after the helicopter inverted and landed in Lake Natron. Thankfully, with the help of local Masai warriors including Isaya Oleporuo who accompanied them during the trip, Sawyer and his crew all managed to escape the accident with their lives.

This week, Sawyer reconnected with the Oleporuo when the tribesman made his first visit to New York City. The two unlikely pals spoke to the NY Daily News about Oleporuo’s visit and the evolution of their friendship:

“It is something I never see,” Oleporuo said Tuesday. “The buildings and the people are so very different. There a lot of people. I saw important things. And memories I will take back to my land and my country.”

While in New York, Oleporuo took in a Yankee game, saw his first movie in a theater and attended “The Lion King” on Broadway. “I’m his surrogate father,” Sawyer said. “I call him his village name, he calls me Papa.”

Though he was impressed with the city’s buildings, Oleporuo said it was seeing the Yankee game, and getting a practice ball from the team, that made a big impact. “I didn’t know what the Yankees looked like,” he said. “I didn’t want to leave.”

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What’s the Deal with Forrest?

TVNewser readers have been wondering whether CBS News has its eye on Forrest Sawyer. The veteran newsman subbed on the CBS Evening News Saturday and Sunday nights. Insiders tell us, however, that it was most likely a one-time thing as Sawyer filled in for vacationing Russ Mitchell. Sawyer, the ABC and NBC veteran, owns his own production company which produces documentaries for a variety of outlets.

Forrest Sawyer To Anchor CBS Evening News This Weekend

Sawyer_7.19.jpgThe Inside Scoop page on reveals that Forrest Sawyer will be anchoring the CBS Evening News tonight and tomorrow night. Sawyer spent 11 years at ABC News, he then moved to MSNBC where he anchored election coverage in 2000 as well as other special reports. He was also Brian Williams‘ substitute anchor on The News. He owns his own documentary production company called Freefall Productions.

Sawyer was last in the news in December after being injured in a helicopter crash in Tanzania. Sawyer was on assignment for the Travel Channel at the time. He was lauded for helping get other passengers to safety.

Unfortunately, The Inside Scoop announcement misspells his first name: