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Diane Sawyer Begins at ABC's 'World News'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 22nd 2009 2:40AM
Diane Sawyer, ABC World NewsWith very little fanfare, Diane Sawyer debuted on ABC's 'World News,' taking over the anchor desk as if she'd been doing it forever. With a quick "Good evening, and it is so good to be here with you tonight," she immediately launched into news about health care reform, stranded travelers, and a new storm headed into the nation's midsection.

Unlike when Katie Couric took over the anchor desk for CBS Evening News, Sawyer's debut was low key and uneventful. She wore a dark suit with a white top and white earrings. She made the most of her conversational style by chatting with correspondents George Stephanopoulos, Dan Harris, David Muir and others reporting on various news items.Diane Sawyer, ABC World NewsWith very little fanfare, Diane Sawyer debuted on ABC's 'World News,' taking over the anchor desk as if she'd been doing it forever. With a quick "Good evening, and it is so good to be here with you tonight," she immediately launched into news about health care reform, stranded travelers, and a new storm headed into the nation's midsection.

Unlike when Katie Couric took over the anchor desk for CBS Evening News, Sawyer's debut was low key and uneventful. She wore a dark suit with a white top and white earrings. She made the most of her conversational style by chatting with correspondents George Stephanopoulos, Dan Harris, David Muir and others reporting on various news items.

The 30-minute news segment also included a one-on-one interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with Sawyer offering viewers more of the interview later on 'Nightline.'

She also touched on news of President Obama delivering cookies to a children's classroom, actress Brittany Murphy's death, and the legal woes surrounding 85-year-old Anthony Marshall, sentenced to one to three years in prison for looting millions from his mother Brooke Astor's fortune.

Sawyer ended the newscast with a nod to her predecessor, saying, "For you, Charlie Gibson, I hope you had a good day and a great night."

Sound off: What did you think of Diane Sawyer's debut? Did you watch it?

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