The pool of talented reporters and investigate journalists seem to be drying up like the river Nile, as one of the game’s brightest stars will be calling it quits.
ABCNews.com reported late Sunday evening that one of the best known journalists / pundits in the world, Barbara Walters, will be hanging up her lavalier in an announcement set for today’s episode of The View (May 13).
After an expansive and distinguished career that lasted 37 years and found her interviewing dignitaries like the late Princess Diana and President Barack Obama to celebrity stars such as Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey, she will be retiring in the summer of 2014. While Walters will continue to host the “talk soup” show and report for ABC News until her retirement, she has no plans on trying to make a comeback (much like Larry King has done) to satiate fans.
Walters told The New York Times, “When I go there is not going to be any, ‘Please can I have another appearance?’ I don’t want to do any more interviews. I don’t want to do any other programs. I’m not joining CNN. This is it.”
The Boston-born broadcast journalist, author and television personality began her career in 1961 at NBC’s TODAY, where she eventually became a co-host. In 1976 she made history by becoming the first female to anchor an evening news program when she joined ABC’s Evening News. She later went on to become a co-host of the hugely popular 20/20 three years later.
In recent years, she has become best known for her role as a host (and sometimes mediator) of The View, a round-table talk show she created in 1997. She will retain her title of executive producer of the show even after she ceases to appear on it. As of press time, there has been no word on whether her seat will be filled or if the show will go on without replacing her.