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Barbara Walters close to retiring after 52 years: report

The 83-year-old, who has had several recent health scares, will officially leave the air next May, according to multiple reports.
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Barbara Walters, looking a bit healthier here, attends the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Barbara Walters is set to retire from broadcasting in May 2014, according to a number of sources, including reports from Deadline and the New York Times.

The 83-year-old journalist, who has had several recent health scares, is expected to make the announcement next month.

The longtime ABC News personality had chicken pox this past winter and suffered a concussion. In 2010, Walters had heart bypass surgery.

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Walters was the first prominent woman to anchor the “Today” show, and went on to anchor ABC's evening newscast where she remains one of the network’s chief correspondents.

Walters' co-host at "The View" Joy Behar recently announced she will be leaving the show at the end of this season, the Huffington Post reported.

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