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Barbara Walters Announces She Will Retire in 2014

(Photo Courtesy: ABC/Donna Svennevik)

(Photo Courtesy: ABC/Donna Svennevik)

NEW YORK (WGGB) — After over three decades with ABC, longtime journalist Barbara Walters is set to call it a career.

Walters announced Monday on “The View” that she will be retiring next summer, following the 2013-2014 television season.

The date of her final show has not been announced.

Until that day arrives, Walters, who has spent 37 years with ABC, will continue as an anchor and reporter for ABC News, co-host “The View, as well as anchor and produce specials for the network, including an Oscars special early next year.

The iconic journalist became the first female anchor of an evening news program in 1976 when she took the helm of ABC Evening News.

Three years later, she then became host of 20/20, a program she was a part of for over two decades.

Ben Sherwood, President of ABC News, adds in a statement, “There’s only one Barbara Walters and we look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself. Barbara will always have a home at ABC News and we look forward to a year befitting her brilliant career, filled with exclusive interviews, great adventures and indelible memories.”

After her retirement, Walters will also remain executive producer of “The View,” the show she created in 1997.

Walters says in a statement, “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. I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”


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