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Barbara Walters to retire next year

March 29, 2013
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK - Barbara Walters plans to retire next year, ending a television career that made her a trailblazer in news and daytime TV.

Someone who works closely with Walters says the plan is for her to retire in May 2014 after a series of special programs saluting her career.

The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity.

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Walters is 83. She was hospitalized earlier this year after taking a fall in Washington and for a case of the chickenpox. She created the daytime show "The View" and appears on it semi-regularly as one of the hosts.

Walters was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast and is known for her celebrity interviews.

 
 

 

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