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Forrest Sawyer Leaves ABC

June 1, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Forrest Sawyer, a familiar face on ABC News for 11 years, has left the network.

Sawyer left to pursue other opportunities, said his agent, Arthur Kaminsky.

``For 11 years, he was an important part of ABC News,″ network spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said Tuesday. ``He made the decision that he wants to pursue options elsewhere and we wish him nothing but the best.″

Sawyer worked as a reporter and substitute anchor on ``Nightline,″ ``World News Tonight″ and other shows.

Sawyer’s salary may have made him a liability at a network that is cutting staff.

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