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Diane Sawyer steps down from 'World News' anchor position to take on new role

Diane Sawyer to take on new opportunity.
Diane Sawyer to take on new opportunity.
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Ever since 2009, Diane Sawyer has been the face of the evening for ABC's 'World News.' In an article dated Weds. June 25, ABC has announced that Sawyer will be stepping down from that position to take on a new opportunity.

"Diane Sawyer is leaving the "World News" anchor desk and stepping into a new role where she will create innovative specials and tackle big issues and ideas," ABC News President James Goldston announced today.

In September, David Muir will be taking over Sawyer's old seat as the anchor and managing editor of World News. George Stephanopoulos has been named chief anchor of ABC News for live news events.

During Sawyer's anchoring days, ABC's World News was a consistent second to Brian Williams at NBC. However, the ABC broadcast has made gains among the younger viewers.

Throughout the course of her broadcasting career, she has received numerous awards. Since 2004, she has frequently been selected for "Forbes Magazine's List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women."

Sawyer has interviewed countless politicians, world leaders and notable figures.

As ABC moves forward with their changes, President Goldston remains confident in the future.

"Diane, George and David are all singular talents, one-of-a kind journalists, gifted storytellers and uniquely skilled broadcasters who inspire us, every day, to do our very best work," Goldston said. "I am confident there are many great days and much great work ahead."