The World Mourns The Death of Iconic Television Host Barbara Walters, 93
Before Oprah, there was Barbara Walters, a trailblazer who paved the way for all demographics in Journalism. She was a true pioneer who was known for her unique interview style.
Icon and globally respected journalist Barbara Walters passed away at the age of 93. She captured hearts and led groundbreaking interviews over her six-decade-long career. The TV journalist has interviewed countless U.S Presidents, world leaders, and celebrities. Walters even snagged the chance of covering the first big interview with Monica Lewinsky after the White House scandal and the first public conversation with LGBTQ+ phenomenon, Caitlyn Jenner. As of late, she was known for appearances on “The View” but her career started long before the daytime talk show.
“If it’s a woman, it’s caustic; if it’s a man, it’s authoritative. If it’s a woman it’s too pushy, if it’s a man it’s aggressive in the best sense of the word.” – Barbara Walters
From the start, she was determined to become a legend in her own right. The world of journalism was small for women but Walters overcame every obstacle that came her way. Being a hard-hitting reporter in 1961 was no easy feat but she planted roots at the “Today” show and she grew from there. She then made history as the first female anchor on an evening news program on ABC News. Barbara created “The Barbara Walters Special” and “10 Most Fascinating People” – programs that lasted years after their fruition.
Walters was notorious for her seemingly unique interview questions but always made sure to get to the core truth. She was an exemplary model of what a journalist should be and has inspired many along the way. Barbara’s personal life includes four marriages – the last ending in 1992. The Sarah Lawrence alumni leave behind her daughter Jackie and a legacy that will last until the end of time.
“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 on her retirement. Thank you for your contributions to journalism, women, supporters of all people, and unapologetic approach, never forgotten and always loved.