By People Staff
Updated November 10, 2014 12:00 PM

David Muir knew he wanted to be a news anchor from a young age— a very young age. “When I was a 12-year-old boy, I’d play with my friends after school, but I’d always excuse myself to go in and watch the news at 6 p.m. I didn’t care. I thought Peter Jennings was the James Bond of evening news,” the 40-year-old says, laughing at the confession as he relaxes in his New York City brownstone—a pretty Bond-worthy bachelor pad. His lifelong obsession paid off this September, when Muir took over for Diane Sawyer as anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight. “I get to take on this adventure, and it’s a huge responsibility, but I love it,” he says. The veteran newsman sat down with People’s Emily Strohm to share the moments that got him where he is today.