Byron Pitts replacing Dan Abrams as ABC 'Nightline' anchor

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In this image released by ABC, ABC News' chief national correspondent Byron Pitts appears on the set of "Nightline," in New York. Pitts will replace Dan Abrams as a co-anchor of "Nightline," after Thursday's edition of the late-night news program. He joins Dan Harris and Juju Chang on the anchor team. (AP Photo/ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Dan Abrams on 'Good Morning America,' 11/24/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 19: Journalist Byron Pitts attends the 2010 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Journalist Byron Pitts and executive director of The American Institute of Stuttering, Catherine Montgomery attend the third annual benefit gala for the American Institute For Stuttering at the Tribeca Rooftop on June 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- ABC News says Byron Pitts is taking over for Dan Abrams as a co-anchor of "Nightline."

Pitts, the network's chief national correspondent, will replace Abrams after Thursday's edition of the late-night news program. He joins Dan Harris and Juju Chang on the anchor team.

ABC News president James Goldston on Thursday called Pitts "a truly passionate storyteller and deep thinker about the critical issues of our time."

Abrams will remain chief legal analyst for ABC News, as well as continuing to run his company, Abrams Media.

"Nightline" airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. Eastern.

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