Top New York Newsman Becomes Newswoman

Don Ennis was once a top producer at ABC News in Manhattan. Now Dawn Ennis has taken his place.

Despite the new names, it is still the same person in the producer's chair. 

Ennis announced the major change in his lifestyle saying that he wants to be known as a transgendered person. He also made major changes in his personal life when he left his wife of 17 years and his three children to lead his new life as Dawn.

The New York Post reports that Ennis blames his mother for his situation.

Ennis said she suffers from an "unusual hormonal imbalance," and blames her mother, who fed her female hormones as a child to prolong a commercial acting career. The hormones made the little boy look and sound young, but Ennis said she eventually developed breasts.

"I have a rare medical condition--nothing deadly or infectious--but it has resulted in an unusual hormonal imbalance," Ennis said.

Ennis told his friends and co-workers that this is neither a "midlife crisis" nor a game.

"Please understand: This is not a game of dress-up, or make-believe. It is my affirmation of who I now am and what I must do to be happy, in response to a soul-crushing secret that my wife and I have been dealing with for more than seven years, mostly in secret."

Ennis was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Morning Program this year for his work on ABCs Good Morning America. She was also nominated in 2012.

Photo credit: Dawn Ennis/Facebook


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