Diana Nyad plunged into the history books by completing the longest swim ever in 1979. The distance was 102.5 miles from the coast of Bimini to the Florida shore. This incredible record, longest swim by a man or a woman would stand for eighteen years.
Diana Nyad was front page news throughout the western world, the lead story for Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News, and many times guest of the Tonight Show. For ten years, Diana was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. She broke numerous world records, including the fifty-year- old record for circling Manhattan Island (7 hours, 57 minutes) in 1975. In 1986, Diana was inducted into the National Womens Sports Hall of Fame. She is also a hall of famer at her college and high school.
Diana Nyad is currently the senior sports correspondent for Fox Sports News, investigating stories such as the use of performance-enhancing drugs by athletes. In addition to her duties in front of the camera, Diana writes and produces all her own stories. Diana is also the current host of all foreign documentaries for the Outdoor Life Network. Her specials have ranged in subject from the elusive leopard of Belize to the Leatherback Turtle in Costa Rica.
Diana is also heard by eight million people each week on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Diana's weekly NPR column has been running for ten years and last year won her the "Miller Light National Journalism Award".
From 1992-1994, Diana Nyad was a correspondent for a national television newsmagazine called "The Crusaders". One of Diana's stories, about saving the Alaskan Grey Wolf, was honored with a National Genesis Award.
From 1989-1992, Diana hosted her own show on CNBC, "One on One with Diana Nyad" where she interviewed such diverse guests as Ed Bradley, Julia Child, and John McEnroe. During her work with the show Diana had an opportunity to display her talent as a skilled and intelligent interviewer.
While an announcer with NBCs Wide World of Sports (1980-88), Diana covered three Olympic Games, the New York City Marathon, the Ironman, the Iditarod Dog Sled Race, and dozens of other sporting events around the world. Capitalizing on her background as adventurer extraordinaire, she swam with 100-ton "Right" whales in Patagonia and kayaked over 40-foot waterfalls in Borneo.
Diana has written two books, Other Shores and Basic Training. She is currently writing a series of childrens books for inner-city libraries about athletes who overcame tough childhoods. She writes extensively for the New York Times, The LA Times, Self Magazine, and other publications. Diana is fluent in French, German and Spanish.
Diana Nyad is a board member of World T.E.A.M. Sports, an organization that puts able-bodied and disabled athletes together for unique sporting adventures around the world. In January of 1998, Diana and her teammates bicycled the 1,200 miles from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Over the past twenty years, Diana has earned a reputation as a riveting speaker. She combines her talent for dramatic storytelling with a natural sense of humor and a charismatic stage presence. She never uses notes - she speaks from her heart and her audiences are left inspired.