12:57 PM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 06/25/2014 09:45AM
ABC says Diane Sawyer is stepping down as its evening news anchor, to be replaced by David Muir.
The network said Sawyer will concentrate on interviews and specials. During her tenure, ABC's World News was a steady second to Brian Williams at NBC, although the ABC broadcast has made gains among younger viewers.
Muir is familiar to World News viewers as a substitute for Sawyer and has traveled around the country for his "Made in America" series.
Originally posted 05/15/2014 05:40PM
After 50 continuous years on TV screens, Barbara Walters is saying goodbye to broadcast news and The View. The 84-year-old announced her plans to retire from both her hosting and ABC News anchor posts in 2013. Friday afternoon's episode of The View – the daytime talk show she started – will be Walters's final sign off.
Originally posted 05/16/2014 01:55PM
Barbara Walters said goodbye to The View, the woman-powered talk show she created for ABC in 1997, Friday morning.
"I may be available for supermarket openings and charity auctions," she joked at the hour's close before going on to mention her interviews of the powerful and famous on her specials and then on to her many years as the unmistakeable head of the table on The View, on which she'll remain executive producer.
This had been billed, somewhat delicately, as Walters's farewell to daytime television, but her summing up sounded very much like a pronounced "I'm outta here!"
Originally posted 11/07/2012 10:00AM
Barack Obama supporters had plenty to toast to Tuesday night when the President claimed victory over Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Also saying cheers to the end of a tight election season: Diane Sawyer?
Amid the nail-biting unveiling of the presidential election results, some viewers of ABC's news coverage were just as focused on host Sawyer, 66, wondering on social media if her political celebrating got the best of her. Her seemingly odd conduct was even chronicled by the Associated Press, which noted her slow speech and the way she seemed to hold out her arms to prop herself up as the election night results trickled in.
Originally posted 09/21/2012 10:30AM
The doctor for Good Morning America host Robin Roberts said Friday that her star patient was "energized" after a five-minute bone marrow transplant on Thursday and was now being monitored for signs of recovery.
Dr. Gail Roboz, speaking on GMA, said Roberts, in characteristic fighting fashion, had already sent her an email message saying she "wanted to go home!"
But, the oncologist, who called Roberts, 51, "a powerhouse," noted that the next 7-10 days were crucial for the injected stem cells, donated by Roberts's sister Sally-Ann, to grow properly, ridding her of the rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome.
"It's not instant," Roboz told show host George Stephanopoulos. "Rebuilding ... takes weeks to months," with a goal of leaving the hospital in about 30 days.
Originally posted 03/13/2012 01:00PM
These days, Jaycee Dugard rides horses. Working with the animals is therapeutic, even confidence-boosting, she says.
"You have to be very sure of yourself when you're riding," she tells ABC News's Diane Sawyer in an interview airing Tuesday (6:30 p.m. ET). "You don't want to have any doubts in your mind because they'll sense that."
It's a motto that seems to have a deeper meaning for Dugard, who was kidnapped in 1991 when she was 11 years old and held captive for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido.
Originally posted 07/11/2011 09:10AM
It has been nearly two years since Jaycee Dugard was rescued 18 years after her abduction by a sex offender, but the 31-year-old's incredible story of survival is just as moving and powerful.
Diane Sawyer agrees.
"Everything she says makes you stop and examine yourself and your life," the news anchor, whose exclusive interview with Dugard aired Sunday on a two-hour ABC Primetime special, told PEOPLE for the July 18 issue. "She will astonish you."
Asked if Dugard was emotional during the interview, Sawyer, 65, said she saw "lots of different moods, and when she goes back in time, you can see it in her eyes, you can see it in her face: She remembers with such vivid clarity what it was like to be 11, in this nightmare … What you see moving through her eyes is unforgettable."
– Caroline Slutsky
Originally posted 07/07/2011 06:00PM
Three years into her captivity, Jaycee Dugard went into labor with her first child – a frightening experience compounded by the fact that she didn't understand what was happening to her.
"I didn't know I was in labor," Dugard, now 31, tells ABC News's Diane Sawyer in an exclusive, two-hour interview to air on Sunday's Primetime. "I was still … locked [in] at the time. Just scared."
Dugard lost 18 years of her life when she was kidnapped in 1991 at age 11 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido.
In addition to the Sawyer interview, she has published a detailed story of her ordeal, the book A Stolen Life, excerpts from which appear exclusively in this week's PEOPLE.
Originally posted 05/19/2010 12:05AM
Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams will host the "Stand Up To Cancer" telecast on Sept. 10 to raise awareness and money for research
Originally posted 09/04/2009 08:15AM
Still rejoicing over last month's release of her sister, journalist Laura Ling, from North Korean captivity, TV host Lisa Ling has another cause for celebration: her friend Diane's Sawyer's appointment to the anchor job of ABC World News Tonight come January 2010, as the network announced this week.
"Finally!" writes Ling, 36, on Oprah.com, the Web site of Oprah Winfrey.
But Ling's elation isn't only professional, it's personal. "Recently, during my sister's detainment, Diane not only reached out, but took time out of her chaotic schedule to help our family," says Ling. "She made calls and took meetings on our behalf for which we will be forever grateful."
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