Barbara Walters Giving Archives to Sarah Lawrence College

5:02 PM PST 05/25/2014 by The Associated Press
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Barbara Walters with Diane Sawyer (left) and Robin Roberts at the renaming of ABC News' NY headquarters on May 12.

The journalist, who retired from daily television earlier this month, is donating tapes, papers and photos from her five-decade career to her alma mater.

Barbara Walters is giving a trove of tapes, papers and photos from her five decades in journalism to Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater.

Walters made the announcement in a surprise appearance at the suburban New York college's commencement Friday. The Journal News says she told the graduates that her career benefited from going to what she called "a college where I was not afraid to ask questions."

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College President Karen Lawrence says in a statement that the school is thrilled by the gift. Walters retired from daily television this month. Her final episode of The View aired May 16. She remains an executive producer of the show.

CNN host Fareed Zakaria gave Friday's commencement address, joking that Walters' surprise was a tough act to follow.

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