Barbara Walters Announces She Will Retire Next Year

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Barbara Walters. (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Barbara Walters. (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Veteran ABC News anchor Barbara Walters will be calling it quits next year.

The longtime anchor and reporter announced Sunday night that she will be retiring from television journalism in the summer of 2014.

“I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News,” Walters said in a statement to ABC News. “I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.” Walters will remain executive producer of “The View.”

The 83-year-old Walters has spent 37 years at ABC News, joining the network in 1976 to become the first female co-anchor on an evening news program. Three years later, she became a co-host of ABC’s “20/20″ newsmagazine.

Before coming to ABC, she spent 15 years at NBC News, where she was a co-host of the “Today” show.

“I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain,” Walters said. “I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women – and, OK, some men, too – who will be taking my place.”

ABC News President Ben Sherwood said “there is only one Barbara Walters. We look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself.

“We look forward to a year befitting her brilliant career,” he said, “filled with exclusive interviews, great adventures and indelible memories.”

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