NEW YORK (AP) -- Diane Sawyer signed off as anchor of ABC’s "World News" on Wednesday, telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be the "home port" of the network’s news team each weeknight.

She will be replaced next week by David Muir. The 68-year-old Sawyer, one of television news’ best-known personalities, has anchored ABC’s flagship newscast since December 2009.

"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," she said.

She said of Muir, "he is my friend and you are in strong and steady hands."

Sawyer isn’t retiring. She said Wednesday that she will move "down the hall and up the stairs" to a reporting job.


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