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Diane Sawyer leaving ABC's ‘World News,’ George Stephanopoulos named chief anchor of ABC News

Diane Sawyer is stepping down from anchoring ABC's “World News,” and will be replaced by David Muir. George Stephanopoulos, meanwhile, is being promoted to chief anchor of ABC News.

Sawyer reached out to then-ABC News chief Ben Sherwood last year about transitioning out of ABC's nightly news show to focus more on in-depth stories, particularly her “Hidden America” investigations.