Q: What can you tell us about David Muir?– Margaret Copson, Naperville, Ill.
A: The biggest thing right now is that he’ll succeed Diane Sawyer in the weeknight “ABC World News” anchor chair starting Sept. 2. That will mean someone else occupying that seat on weekend evenings, but Muir does intend to keep his Friday “20/20” job as co-host with Elizabeth Vargas.
He’s one of the people who joined the ABC News team by starting as an anchor of the overnight “World News Now” in 2003, then he worked his way up – and if there’s one thing Muir is known for, it’s work, since he’s often been on the go for stories.
An alumnus of Ithaca College, he got his first anchor-reporter job at WTVH-TV in nearby Syracuse, then went to Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV before moving to the network. One of the things we appreciate most about Muir is how often he salutes his WCVB roots by using that station’s staff on “ABC World News,” particularly when a story is weather-related.
And if we may add a personal note, we had the pleasure of chatting with Muir at the (supposed) retirement party ABC News gave Barbara Walters in May. We happily can vouch that Muir is every bit as friendly and personable as he appears to be on the air.
Q: When does Meredith Vieira’s new daytime show begin? – Sue Jefferson, Jupiter, Fla.
A: Sept. 8. Among the regular elements you can expect are a house band led by Everett Bradley – who plays with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band – a different service dog featured each week and then given to someone on that Friday’s telecast, and a set with a chair from Vieira’s home along with replicas of her other furniture, since she says her family “revolted’’ when she wanted to take more than that from their house.