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Diane Sawyer is leaving her lead anchor position, but will continue to work at ABC.

Diane Sawyer, along with ABC, announced that she would step down as lead anchor from the widely popular ABC World News come September. However, her contributions to the ABC franchise are anything but over. Sawyer is moving on to a full time-role at the network.

"After wonderful years at World News, I decided it is time to move to a new full-time role at ABC News," announced Sawyer. "I’ll be joined by an incredible team of journalists dedicated to enterprise reporting, innovative approaches to breaking news and new ways of thinking about big issues and events around the world."

The Kentucky native’s extensive résumé also includes being a 60 Minutes correspondent on CBS, co-anchor for ABC’s Primetime Live and co-anchoring 20/20 alongside Barbara Walters. While her ABC World News five-year journey comes to a close, her contributions to the network continue to be essential according to James Goldston, president of ABC News.

"Her curiosity, passion and energy are unmatched, and I can’t wait to see where she’ll lead us next," said Goldston in a statement. "She is one of the giants of modern journalism."

Proceeding Sawyer is David Muir who will occupy the anchor position beginning September 2. George Stephanopoulos, former Good Morning America and This Week anchor will take over the role of chief anchor for ABC News where he will handle "special reports and breaking news," according to a release from ABC.

Sawyer is looking forward to the coming years at ABC.

"I can’t wait to continue bringing more of my specials to prime time and appearing on all ABC News broadcasts, as well. And to my friends and colleagues George and David - congratulations. I look forward to exciting work together and great time ahead."

Diane Sawyer remains a positive influence on female journalists. Here at Womensforum, we continue to follow Sawyer’s journey as a powerful force in journalism and news!

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