Diane Sawyer Leaving GMA

I've always kind of wanted to be Diane Sawyer. She's beautiful, smart, and successful and yet still has the warmth that makes you feel like she could be your best friend.

So, I'm sad to tell you that Diane will be leaving Good Morning America at the end of the year, but thrilled for her -- as she will be taking over for Charlie Gibson when he steps down from ABC's World News.

In a statement, ABC News President David Westin said that Diane "is the right person to succeed Charlie and build on what he has accomplished. 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 Good Morning America.

"She has interviewed every President since President George H. W. Bush up to and including President Obama. She has handled an array of breaking news special events, including on 9/11 and, most recently, the presidential election. She has done distinguished documentaries on topics as varied as North Korea, the plight of women in Afghanistan and in prisons here at home, and poverty in Camden, New Jersey, and in Appalachia.

"We are fortunate to have a journalist of Diane's proven ability and passion to step into the important position of anchor for World News. She will continue with her documentaries in her new role.

"Diane's presence will certainly be missed on Good Morning America," the statement concluded. "But we are fortunate that both Charlie and Diane will remain with their current broadcasts for the next four months; we will be making further announcements well before any changes are made."

Diane will take over for Charlie in January.

Congrats on the big promotion, Di, but we'll miss your Good Morning glow every day.

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