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Barbara Walters Plans To Retire In 2014

7:52 AM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) -- Barbara Walters, the doyenne of TV news and big newsmaker interviews, is planning to hang it up in May 2014.

The newswoman, who hosts ABC's The View and prime-time specials, is 83, and will "likely" retire next spring, said a person familiar with her plans but not authorized to comment publicly, confirming a report published on Deadline.com. A series of tributes and specials will air during the run-up to her exit, the person said, adding that an announcement from Walters herself is not expected anytime soon. An ABC News spokeswoman declined comment.

A trailblazing journalist, Walters was the first female co-host of NBC's Today starting in 1974, and the first female evening-news anchor in an ill-fated pairing with Harry Reasoner at ABC a few years later. She has been the lead moderator of The View since its inception in 1997. She has occasionally battled health problems; she had open-heart surgery in 2010 and took leave earlier this year to recover from chicken pox.

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