Charles Gibson bids farewell to ABC News

LOS ANGELES For three and a half decades, as history was written, Charlie Gibson was there to tell it.

Thursday night's tribute to the departing "World News" anchorman was the closest a newsman gets to his jersey being retired in the rafters.

"The first rough draft of history over this generation has been seen by an entire nation through the eyes of Charlie Gibson," said ABC News President David Westin.

Gibson was ever the journalist but also a dad.

"Listening is a skill, and my father is a master and as a result, people love to talk to him," said Gibson's daughter Jessica.

"I am looking forward to the next chapter. It's going to be exciting," said Gibson's other daughter Kate.

Gibson is now 66, and he's been with ABC for 34 years. He's lived and seen change in the news business but has some concerns about where the industry is heading.

"I believe that news should be objective as it can be, and I worry in order to gain an audience, the niche broadcasters and bloggers, they're trying to stand out. They're trying to have horns to get your attention," said Gibson.

Gibson got America's attention, going from White House correspondent to co-anchor of "Good Morning America" and ultimately the face of ABC News.

"It has been an honor to work with all of you, truly an honor. I have loved every damn day of it. Thank you," said Gibson.

Friday will be the last time we'll hear his signature signoff: "I hope you had a good day. For all of us here at ABC News, have a good night."

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