Barbara Walters Retires

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Updated: 5/16 7:13 pm
All 11 former and current hosts of "The View" came to say goodbye to Barbara Walters as she officially announced her retirement.
It comes after a career that gained national attention in the early 1960's.
But Walters doesn't like to talk about her own impact.
"I don't like to talk about my legacy in terms of my work. I know that I've done some important interviews, I know that I have been a part of history, at least viewing history, but my legacy, I think, is paving the way a little bit, for women, who did not have the opportunity when I was beginning."
Over her many decades in broadcasting, Walters interviewed world leaders, and celebrities.
She was the first female co-host of the "Today" show.
Bill Mitchell is a former News Director, and long time Anchor and Reporter here at WDEF News.
Mitchell says she has made an impact in the world of broadcasting.
"Barbara Walters came along around 1962, and took part in the Today Show, but she was never given full credit, she was a reporter. And then, nothing really happened. If you don't, a lot of people don't know this, but the news did not expand from 15 to 30 minutes until 1963. And they were all male reporters. Along comes 1976, and Barbara Walters ends up being the first real female co-anchor of a national news program. So she did open a lot of doors."
Doris Ellis agrees.
She's the long time Programming Manager for WDEF-TV.
"She had the ability to interview people of all walks of life. And in interviewing them, she could ask the really hard questions without seeming antagonistic when she asked those questions."
Over the years, Walters also hosted "20/20," and spent years as Producer and Host of "The View."
Even though Walters is officially retired as of today, she will keep the job of executive producer of "The View."
She will also contribute to ABC News as needed.

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