After nearly four decades of working with ABC News, veteran news anchor Barbara Walters is retiring. She will reportedly retire from TV journalism next summer.
In an announcement released yesterday ABC said, Walters would continue to anchor reports for the network, anchor specials throughout the year and also appear on “The View.” She will also remain as the executive producer of “The View” the talk show she founded in 1997.
Walters now 83, has spent 37 years at ABC News. She joined the network in 1976 and became the first female co-anchor on an evening news program. Exactly three years later, she became co-host of ABC’s “20/20” news magazine.
Prior to working with ABC, she spent 15 years at NBC News, where she co-hosted the “Today” show. In a release issued Walters said, “I am very happy with my decision, and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead. I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain,” she added. “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.”