ABC/ Ida Mae Astute
Another end of an era, albeit a pretty short era. Or so seem to be the reigns of network news anchors these days, compared with the decades-long runs of generations past.
Diane Sawyer bid her farewell to ABC's World News on Wednesday after five years as solo anchor of the network's flagship nightly news show
"And now it is time to say goodnight," the 68-year-old TV veteran began her sign-off, wearing eye-popping chartreuse for the occasion. "I just want you to know what a deep privilege it has been to sit in the anchor chair at World News these years, the flagship broadcast of ABC, where Peter Jennings created a signature of such curiosity and courage.
"It has been wonderful to be the home port for the brave and brilliant forces of ABC News around the world—and to feel, every single night, that you and I were in a conversation about the world together."
And the perfect poise continued! Watch her entire polished goodbye right here:
Nary a tear—or a hint of one—from her! But then again, she's not going too far.
Sawyer announced in June that she would be passing the World News anchor torch to ABC News managing editor David Muir, who officially takes over on Tuesday.
Before ascending to what has historically been considered the plum position in network news, Sawyer co-anchored Good Morning America for 10 years.
And she will continue on with the network now, too, specializing in "original reporting, innovative specials and [covering] events in new ways, while interviewing the biggest newsmakers of our time for all programs and platforms," according to ABC.
Indeed, "I am not slowing down," Sawyer assured her audience.