She’s kept America informed for over 50 years, but now Barbara Walters is ready to take a step back.
The groundbreaking broadcast journalist reported on her own retirement by Tweeting the “big news” and setting the facts straight. From now until her last day in 2014, Walters continue her role with ABC as part of The View while serving as an anchor for the network and her Academy Awards and Most Fascinating People specials.
Even after her exit, she will maintain her role as the executive producer on The View. “I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on The View and ABC News,” she said. “I created The View and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”
Walters became a pioneer in television as she worked her way from researcher to panel member of NBC’s Today show during the early ‘60s. She moved over to ABC in 1976, where she became the first female co-anchor on an evening news program before taking the helm of 20/20. Later she curated her specials and started The View in 1997. “I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain,” she 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 was grateful for Walter’s work throughout the decades. “There is only one Barbara Walters,” he said. “We look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself.”
Thank you for your service, Barbara! We applaud all of your hard work!