TV journalist Barbara Walters to retire in 2014

  • Television journalist Barbara Walters is to retire in May 2014, according to a source familiar with her plans.

    Walters, 83, is expected make the announcement to viewers herself in the next coming weeks, the source added.

    With more than five decades of experience, Walters is known as one of the top personalities on U.S. 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 Evening News, the first woman to do so on an evening news broadcast for any U.S. network.

    In 1997, Walters created ABC's all-women talk show The View, which she also hosts.

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

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