Barbara Walters, the doyenne of TV news and big newsmaker interviews, is planning to hang it up in May 2014.

The newswoman, who hosts ABC's "The View" and prime-time specials, is 84, and will "likely" retire next spring, a person familiar with her plans said, confirming a report on

A series of tributes and specials will air during the run-up to her exit, the person said, adding that an announcement from Walters herself is not expected anytime soon.

An ABC News spokeswoman declined comment.

A trailblazing journalist, Walters was the first female co-host of NBC's "Today" starting in 1974, and the first female evening-news anchor in an ill-fated pairing with Harry Reasoner at ABC a few years later.

She has been the lead moderator of "The View" since its inception in 1997.

She has occasionally battled health problems; she had open-heart surgery in 2010 and took leave earlier this year to recover from chicken pox.

By Gary Levin, USA TODAY