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-- more than fifty years and count less high profile interviews Barbara Walters.
Is about to retire the iconic journalists is set to announce her retirement a little bit later this morning Julie Banderas has more flash.
That very big media story today hi -- yes she really is a legend of the veteran ABC news anchor.
Plans on making the formal announcement later today on her show went according to ABC Barbara Walters.
Plans to officially retire from television journalism next summer and for the next year Walters will continue to anchor and report the network.
As well as appear on the view where she will remain executive producer of the weekday talk show she created in 1997.
And it has been quite successful by the way Walter is now 83 years old has spent 37 years at ABC news.
Paving the way for women in television news and really she has done it.
All she joined the network in 1976.
And became the first female co anchor for an evening news program.
Three years later she became co host of ABC's 20/20.
And before coming to ABC she spent fifteen years at NBC news where she was co host of The Today Show Walters says that she's very happy with her decision.
And she looks forward to -- wonderful and special your head away what an amazing career Barbara Walters has had.
Did she talk at all about what she plans to do after she retired -- Very little so far maybe we'll hear more from her later in the day but in addition to playing a role behind the scenes on the view she says quote.
I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain I want -- instead.
To sit on -- sunny field and admire the very gifted women and okay some men to.
Who will be taking my place ABC news president Ben Sherwood said put that there's only one Barbara Walters we look forward to making her final -- on television has remarkable.
Path breaking and news making -- -- herself who by the way has interviewed every single president since Nixon.
Talk about some big interview.
Is that she's on my girl remarkable career as an amazing.
Model for so many.
The rest of -- who came up in those later years Juli thank you.
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