Rumor: Diane Sawyer is retiring

Contrary to rumors circulating in the last few days, Diane Sawyer is not retiring.

UNCONFIRMED: Diane Sawyer is retiring.

Rumors of Diane Sawyer stepping down from ABC News were shot down today when Mediaite reported that the network's SVP Jeffrey Schneider refuted the claim. 

The New York Daily News reported Jan. 29 that Sawyer, the anchor of ABC World News, was weighing retirement plans.

“That is not true," Schneider told Mediaite. "And had the Daily News actually asked us if Diane was considering retiring we would have told them yesterday that it wasn’t true.”

Retirement claims surface

The Daily News quoted an anonymous "insider" who said that Sawyer was considering retiring in 2013:

"She has discussed with a few close friends and some people at ABC that she is seriously considering retiring ... 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 source claimed that Sawyer was also helping her sick mother on weekends.

 

Sawyer has been at ABC News for nearly 25 years and has previously co-anchored "Good Morning America.  She has interviewed important personalities such as Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Whitney Houston and President Barack Obama.

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