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Television personality Barbara Walters arrives at the Time 100 Gala in New York, April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

TV journalist Barbara Walters announces retirement date

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pioneering American TV journalist Barbara Walters, who was the first woman to co-anchor an evening news program, will make her final television appearance on the morning talk show "The View" next month, the network ABC said on Monday.

Walters' last day as a co-host on the all-women talk show she created in 1997 will be on May 16. The network, a unit of Walt Disney Co., will also air a two-hour evening special focusing on her career and her life on the same day.

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