AP source: Barbara Walters to retire next year

AP source: Barbara Walters to retire next year

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 23: Journalist Barbara Walters appears onstage at the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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by DAVID BAUDER / AP Television Writer

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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters plans to retire next year, ending a television career that made her a trailblazer in news and daytime TV.

Someone who works closely with Walters says the plan is for her to retire in May 2014 after a series of special programs saluting her career. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity.

Walters is 83. She was hospitalized earlier this year after taking a fall in Washington and for a case of the chickenpox. She created the daytime show "The View" and appears on it semi-regularly as one of the hosts.

Walters was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast and is known for her celebrity interviews.

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