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Barbara Walters Dies At 93 - Pioneering TV Newscaster

Barbara Walters dies at 93, a pioneering TV newscaster and longtime anchor and correspondent for ABC News who broke the glass ceiling and became a major force in a field that was once dominated by men, died on Friday.

Landon Morton
Jan 02, 202355 Shares1498 Views
Barbara Walters dies at 93, the famous TV journalist who was known for her interviews with presidents, world leaders, and Hollywood stars, a representative for Walters told CBS News Friday night.
There was no news right away about what killed Walters. Walters was a familiar face on American TV screens for more than 50 years. He interviewed every president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama and set a standard that few others could match.

Barbara Walters Dies At 93

Barbara Walters, trailblazing TV journalist, dies at 93

Barbara Walters was the first woman to co-host the "Today" show and the first woman to anchor an evening news show on a network. She was also the first person to interview celebrities and become a celebrity herself, blurring the line between news and entertainment. She died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She turned 93.
Her publicist, Cindi Berger, said that she had died, but she did not say why. ABC News was the first to report Ms. Walters' death. She was a longtime anchor there and helped create the talk show "The View."
Walters started out as a reporter, writer, and panelist for NBC's "Today" show in 1961. In 1974, she was promoted to co-host. Walters was the first woman to be the anchor of an evening news show when she joined ABC News in 1976.
Walters started "The Barbara Walters Specials" and "10 Most Fascinating People" on that network before joining "20/20" as a co-host and correspondent in 1984. She talked to every US president and first lady since Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon.
Walters was a big deal for more than 50 years, whether she was talking to world leaders on news shows, visiting celebrities' homes for her regular "Barbara Walters Specials," or appearing on "The View," a daytime talk show where a group of different women talks about the news.
Her shows, some of which she also made, were some of the most popular of their kind and inspired a lot of people to do the same thing.
In fact, "The View," which first aired in 1997, paved the way for other talk shows like "The Talk" and "The Chew" in the United States, as well as "Loose Women" in Britain and "Studio5" in Norway.
Walters left "The View" in 2014, but for the next two years, she worked part-time for ABC News. Walters told CNN's Chris Cuomo at the time:
I knew it was time. “I like all the celebration, that’s great, but in my heart, I thought, ‘I want to walk away while I’m still doing good work.’ So I will.- Barbara Walters
Walters said that the many women who had looked up to her over the course of her career were her legacy. She ended by asking:
How do you say goodbye to something like 50 years in television? How proud when I see all the young women who are making and reporting the news. If I did anything to help make that happen, that is my legacy. From the bottom of my heart, to all of you with whom I have worked and who have watched and been by my side, I can say: ‘Thank you.’- Barbara Walters
Walters was married four times, twice to entertainment mogul Merv Adelson and once to business executive Robert Katz. In 1992, Adelson's second marriage came to an end. Jackie, whom she and Guber took in as their own in 1968, is the only person who will remember her.
During her career, Walters won a lot of awards, including the highest award from the Overseas Press Club, a Daytime Emmy for "The View," and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
She also has a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York City and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with her name on it.
She was both cruelly made fun of (in the early days of "Saturday Night Live," Gilda Radner made fun of her as the sometimes slurring "BabaWawa") and richly honored (with multiple Emmys, a Peabody, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame).
In 2014, on her last day on "The View," she was joined on stage by women journalists from different decades and networks. Jane Pauley, Katie Couric, Gayle King, Savannah Guthrie, Deborah Norville, Connie Chung, and a lot of other famous people were there.


Barbara Walters, a pioneering TV newscaster and longtime anchor and correspondent for ABC News who broke the glass ceiling and became a major force in a field that was once dominated by men, died on Friday. She turned 93.
In 1976, Walters became the first woman to be the evening news anchor for ABC News. She became a co-host of "20/20" three years later, and in 1997, she started "The View."
Walters had a 50-year career and won 12 Emmys, 11 of which were while he was at ABC News. She stopped being a co-host of "The View" in 2014, but she stayed on as the show's executive producer and did more interviews and specials for ABC News.
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