TV journalist Barbara Walters confirms 2014 retirement

  • Television journalist Barbara Walters confirmed on Monday she will retire in May 2014.

    Walters, 83, made the announcement on The View, the all-female daytime chat show she created in 1997 for ABC.

    With more than five decades of experience, Walters is one of the top personalities on American television and has interviewed Cuba's Fidel Castro, Britain's Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein of Iraq as well as every American president since Richard Nixon.

    She started her career in television journalism in 1961 as a writer on NBC's Today, the same show she would later become the first woman to co-host.

    In 1976, she became the co-anchor of ABC’s Evening News, the first woman to do so on an evening news broadcast for any U.S. network.

    In the weeks leading up to her departure, ABC will broadcast a series of specials and tributes to the veteran journalist.

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