ABC News Denies Diane Sawyer Is Stepping Down

by | January 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM | TV News

"ABC World News" Anchor Diane Sawyer (Photo: ABC News)

Diane Sawyer isn’t going anywhere, y’all.

ABC is dismissing rumors that the 67-year-old the “ABC World News” anchor is considering retiring in 2013.

“That is not true,” ABC News Senior Vice-President Jeffrey Schneider says in a statement. “And had the Daily News actually asked us if Diane was considering retiring we would have told them yesterday that it wasn’t true.”

A report Monday in the “Confidential” column at the New York Daily News instigated the speculation after quoting a source as saying the longtime news veteran was thinking about stepping down.

“She has discussed with a few close friends and some people at ABC that she is seriously considering retiring,” the insider told the NYDN. “She said she’ll be ready to hang it up not long down the road. She loves work and what she does and has endless energy, but she’s overwhelmed with personal problems and she is thinking about leaving to take care of her family.”

The story claimed that in addition to a “private matter,” Sawyer is also helping care for her mother, who’s battling an illness.

“No one wants to see her going through a rough time. She’s the nicest woman. If it’s a co-worker’s birthday, she’ll throw a party. Anything to show everyone a good time.”

Sawyer has anchored ABC’s evening news since December 2009. Prior to that, she co-hosted “Good Morning America” from 1999 to 2009.