Barbara Walters to retire in 2014

3:28 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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Journalist and television personality Barbara Walters stands in her New York office at the ABC Television Studios on Friday, May 2, 2008.(Gannett News Service, Todd Plitt/USA TODAY)

Bruce Schwartz, USA TODAY
After a six-decade career that includes 37 years with ABC News, Barbara Walters is retiring.
The legendary newscaster will announce on her ABC talk show The View Monday that, in summer 2014, she'll step down from TV journalism. But Walters will remain executive producer of the show she created in 1997. 
Until then, she'll still report for ABC News, and anchor her signature specials, including a 20-year retrospective of her 10 Most Fascinating People specials in December, an Oscars special, and a May career retrospective. 
"I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on The View and with ABC News," she said in a statement. "I created The View and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it."
Walters, 83, started out writing in the 1950s for CBS' The Morning Show, and began her on-air career in 1961 at NBC's Today Show, where she eventually became a co-host. "No one was more surprised than I," she says of her on-air career. "I wasn't beautiful, like many of the women on the program before me (and) I had trouble pronouncing my r's. I still do!"
She was the first female anchor on an evening news report, ABC's Evening News in 1976, aside Harry Reasoner, for a famously stormy two years. Then, in 1979, she became a co-host of newsmagazine 20/20.
"There's only one Barbara Walters," said ABC News President Ben Sherwood in a statement. "And we look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself." 
And Walters, whose departure has been rumored since earlier this year, said  she's looking forward to ultimately taking a break. "I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain," she said. "I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women -- and OK, some men too -- who will be taking my place."

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