After five years behind the anchor desk at ABC’s “World News”, veteran journalist Diane Sawyer signed off this past Wednesday with a thank you to her viewers and a reassurance that the show will be in “strong and steady hands” with new anchor David Muir.
Sawyer concluded her broadcast by taking some time to speak of the “great priviledge it has been to sit in the anchor chair,” once taken by the late Peter Jennings. She continued to say that “‘World News’ will continue to be dedicated to what informs you and what makes life better.”
Sawyer, 68, will be headed to another full-time position at ABC News leading a new program that “tackles big issues and interviews while continuing to anchor and produce specials,” according to the New York Post.
Sawyer started her career as an assistant to the White House deputy press secretary Jerry Warren, under the presidency of Richard Nixon. After spending years working various positions in the White House, Sawyer took a job as a general-assignment reporter for CBS News. Sawyer held a handful of positions at CBS including political correspondent and co-anchor of their morning news show. But the role that garnered Sawyer the most notoriety was her five years as the first female correspondent for “60 Minutes.”
In 1989 Sawyer made the move to ABC with a two-year stint as co-anchor of 20/20 and in 1999 she made the return to morning news with her role as co-anchor of “Good Morning America.” In 2000, Sawyer returned to co-anchor Primetime, a position that she held until 2006. In 2009, Sawyer was announced as successor to Charles Gibson, who had announced his retirement as anchor of “World News” earlier that year.
On her final night with “World News,” Sawyer explained that she still has plenty ahead of her.
“I am not slowing down,” she said. “I am already at work on stories that take you into the world around us, the ones we rarely get to see.”
Sawyer, who joined the network in 1989 will be leaving the show “in strong ratings territory,” according to the New York Post. “World News” comes in second to NBC’s “Nightly News” with Brian Williams.
Muir will take over as “World News” managing editor and anchor on September 2 following the Labor Day weekend.