Saturday, December 31, 2022

TV icon Barbara Walters dies at 93


Television news broadcaster and longtime ABC News anchor and correspondent Barbara Walters died on Friday at the age of 93.

Walters joined ABC News in 1976, and was the first female anchor on an evening news program.

“Barbara was a true legend, a pioneer not just for women in journalism but for journalism itself." Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company the parent company of ABC News wrote. "She was a one-of-a-kind reporter who landed many of the most important interviews of our time, from heads of state to the biggest celebrities and sports icons. I had the pleasure of calling Barbara a colleague for more than three decades, but more importantly, I was able to call her a dear friend. She will be missed by all of us at The Walt Disney Company, and we send our deepest condolences to her daughter, Jacqueline.”

During 50 years of her TV career, Walters won 12 Emmy awards.

Walters made her final appearance as a co-host of "The View" in 2014 on ABC News and she remained an executive producer of the show and did some interviews and specials for ABC News.

According to ABC News, Walters said then: "I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain. I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women -- and OK, some men too -- who will be taking my place."

One of Walter's famous interviews was a first joint interview with Egypt's leader Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Barbara's first day as the 1st Female National News Anchor was 10/4/1976. ( Yom Kippur)