Charles Gibson announced this morning that he will be retiring from his post as anchor of “World News” and retiring full-time employment from ABC News. Do not fret, Diane Sawyer from Good Morning America will serve as the next “World News” anchor in January. I am surprised it has taken Diane Sawyer this long to get to evening news, Katie Couric forced her way in there, Diane has sort of sat back and let things pan out.
At 63-years old Diane is finally making her move from GMA.
“Diane Sawyer is the right person to succeed Charlie and build on what he has accomplished,” ABC News’ Westin said in a statement. “She has an outstanding and varied career in television journalism, beginning with her role as a State Department correspondent and continuing at 60 Minutes, Primetime Live, and most recently Good Morning America.”
With Diane Sawyer is leaving GMA and taking his place on the evening news makes two out of the three major networks evening news anchors female, a first in television history. Diane Sawyer joined ABC News in 1989 as a co-anchor of “Primetime,” in addition she joined Charlie Gibson as co-anchor of “GMA.” She still co-anchors on “GMA” with Robin Roberts–where the duo made network history as the first female co-anchor team. All of Diane Sawyer’s feats I assumed she would have been bumped up before Katie Couric.
Sawyer has an incredible resume: the first person to speak to Barack Obama after his Iowa Caucus win, she was recognised by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she reported a very moving documentary on poverty in the United States, Sawyer has traveled to Korea, Syria, Iran, spoke with World Leaders, assisted President Nixon in writing his memoirs, the list goes on and on. It is only natural for Diane Sawyer to leave GMA and become a nightly anchor for “World News.”