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Barbara Walters announces retirement

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

Barbara Walters, a 37-year ABC News veteran, announced her retirement on "The View" Monday morning.

"In the summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride. And I wouldn't change a thing. I'm perfectly healthy. This is my decision. I've been thinking about it a long time. This is what I want to do," said the 83-year-old Walters.

Throughout the year Walters will continue to anchor and report for the network and appear on the View. After retirement, she will continue to serve as co-Executive Producer to "The View" the daytime talk program she created in 1997. She said she will likely "come

She joined the ABC networks in 1976 becoming the first female co-anchor of the evening news. In 1979 she became the co-host of ABC's 20/20.

Prior to joining ABC, Walters spent 15-years at NBC news as the co-host of the "Today Show."

During her announcement she proclaimed, "I have been on television continuously for over 50 years."

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