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Barbara Walters Retires: Look Back At Her Historic 50-Year Career

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  • 07.16.13 04:05 PM EDT

After a historic career lasting more than half a century, Barbara Walters is retiring from TV journalism. The 83-year-old anchor announced that she'll retire in the summer of 2014 on "The View" Monday morning. 

Walters became the first female host of an evening news program in 1976, on ABC's "Evening News" with Harry Reasoner -- the beginning of a 37-year career with the network, including stints hosting 20/20 and dozens of high-profile interviews with presidents and international heads of state. 

She began her on-air career at NBC in 1961. 

Walters will continue to act as a producer on "The View," the talk show Walters created in 1997, but she's been clear that she's not leaving to take on a new project but rather to relax and enjoy her retirement. 

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