Diane Sawyer Explains Why She’s Leaving “ABC World News Tonight”


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By now we’re sure you’ve heard: Diane Sawyer is leaving her anchor desk at ABC’s World News Tonight.

Sawyer took over as the face of ABC’s evening news broadcast when Charles Gibson retired in 2009. Diane succeeded Katie Couric as the first female journalist to front a network evening news format as chief anchor; it’s typically a field dominated by older, White males. Sawyer, 68, will continue her work with the ABC News brand as an investigative reporter.

When Sawyer leaves in August, Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos will become the network’s Chief News Anchor. David Muir, 40, will succeed Diane at World News Tonight. Muir’s appointment is a move The New York Times calls a “concerted effort to appeal to younger viewers.”