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Barbara Walters Retires After 53 Years On Air

NPR
Friday, May 16, 2014

All week long, legendary journalist Barbara Walters has been saying goodbye. She’s retiring after a 53-year career on air. This morning, she appeared for the last time on the show she created 18 years ago, ABC’s “The View.”

The show was packed with surprise guests, including Hillary Clinton, Michael Douglas and Oprah. Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Elizabeth Vargas and two dozen other female journalists also turned up to thank Walters for blazing the trail.

But Barbara Walters had the last word, as usual.

“How proud when I see all the young women who are making and reporting the news,” Walters said. “If I did anything to help that happen, that’s my legacy.”

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