Dependable, reliable and reassuring, broadcast news correspondent-anchor Charles Gibson was a constant presence in the homes of viewers for over 30 years on two of television's most watched morning and evening news programs. Beginning his career with a local affiliate station and a syndicated new service in the early-1970s, Gibson signed on with ABC News in 1975 as a correspondent covering the White House and the House of Representatives. In 1987, the avuncular Gibson began co-hosting the morning news program, "Good Morning, America" (ABC, 1975- ), alongside popular co-anchor, Joan Lunden. Coming from a news background, Gibson handled many of the harder news interviews for the program, which surged past the previously unbeatable "Today" (NBC, 1952- ) in the ratings, thanks in large part to his and Lunden's chemistry. Gibson was so revered both by his network and the public at large, that after the premature death of beloved "ABC World News Tonight" (1953- ) anchor Peter Jennings in 2005, he was named as Jennings' replacement in 2006. Once again the venerable anchorman delivered a much needed boost, pushing the renamed "World News with Charles Gibson" to the top of the ratings heap. In 2009, the elder statesman of ABC News, officially retired - much to the regret of grateful viewers and the network he had called home for nearly 35 years.