Veteran TV journalist
The network will honor Walters' five decades in broadcasting with a week-long celebration. "The View," the daytime talk show she helped create back in 1997, will commemorate her departure beginning May 12. ABC also plans to air a two-hour prime-time special looking back at Walters' career on May 16, and will name ABC News Headquarters in
Walters, who got her start in 1961 as a reporter on "Today," moved to ABC in 1976, where she became the first female co-anchor of a news program. Over the years, she has interviewed numerous world leaders, including
Walters announced last May she would be leaving "The View" in 2014, but did not set an exact date. Though she will no longer be making regularly scheduled appearances after May 16, she will remain involved in her capacity as an executive producer, according to ABC.