Diane Sawyer to Replace Charles Gibson As 'World News' Anchor

In June 2001, at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, he anchored ABC's live coverage of the Timothy McVeigh execution. He had reported from the scene when the Murrah Federal Building was bombed in April 1995, and continued to follow the story on multiple return visits to Oklahoma City.

Picture of Charlie Gibson being arrested.

On Sept. 11 of that year, he and Sawyer were anchoring "Good Morning America" and began the network's award-winning coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Gibson anchored "GMA" from the Johnson Space Center in Houston following the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia in February 2003. He also won an Emmy for his hourlong "Primetime Thursday" investigation entitled "Columbia Final Mission."

In 2005, Gibson traveled to Vatican City to report on the death of Pope John Paul II, anchoring the network's coverage of the Pope's funeral and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. ABC's coverage was later recognized with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Barack Obama

More recently,Gibson has reported extensively on the economic crisis, traveling throughout the U.S. to see firsthand how the recession is impacting different corners of the country.

Gibson has interviewed each of the last eight American presidents, and has also anchored many broadcasts from Republican and Democratic national conventions, as well as presidential inaugurations. In 2004 he was chosen to moderate the 90-minute town hall style debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry that was watched by 47 million people around the country.

Additionally, he has interviewed leaders from around the globe, including Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela and the late Yasir Arafat. He reported from Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in October 2000 to cover the Middle East peace summit, and traveled to Israel in April 2002 to cover the crisis of suicide bombings. In 1995, just hours after the funeral of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Gibson conducted a live interview with widow Leah Rabin in her home in Tel Aviv. In April 1999, he reported from Macedonia's tent cities for refugees from Kosovo.

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Diane Sawyer to Become 'World News' Anchor

Sawyer joined ABC News in February 1989, as co-anchor of "Primetime." In addition to that assignment, she was named co-anchor of "Good Morning America" in January 1999. She currently co-anchors the morning news program with Robin Roberts, where the duo made network television history as the first female co-anchor team. In August 2009 "GMA" was recognized with its third consecutive Emmy Award for outstanding morning program.

Sawyer was the first journalist to speak with then Sen. Barack Obama after his Iowa Caucus win. Sawyer also reported "Portrait of a President," two hourlong specials that offered new insight into candidates Obama and McCain and their families.

VIDEO: GMA co-anchors say goodbye to Charlie Gibson.

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