August 28th, 2014
04:11 PM ET
Diane Sawyer said goodbye to "ABC World News" for good on Wednesday evening.
The veteran newswoman has anchored the flagship ABC News program since 2009, and is the first woman ever to hold the chair. But in June, ABC announced that Sawyer was stepping down from "World News" to move on to other roles within the company.
David Muir is to be her replacement starting Tuesday.
At the close of her last "World News" episode Wednesday, Sawyer called the opportunity to anchor the series "a deep privilege."
"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 day together," Sawyer said. "On a personal note, I'm not going far ... and I am not slowing down, but gearing up in a new way, already at work on some of the stories that take you into the real lives around us."
For "one last time, it was good to know that you were watching tonight," Sawyer said. "With gratitude for these years, I thank you. I'll see you right back here on ABC News very soon."
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