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Barbara Walters

  • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Birthday: September 25

Barbara Walters is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality.

Walters first became known as a television personality in the early 1960s, when she was a writer and segment producer of "women's interest stories" on the NBC News morning program The Today Show, where she began work with host Hugh Downs. As a result of her outstanding interviewing ability and her popularity with viewers, she received more airtime on the program. In 1974, Walters became co-host of the program, the first woman to hold such a title on an American news program.

Barbara Walters is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality.

Walters first became known as a television personality in the early 1960s, when she was a writer and segment producer of "women's interest stories" on the NBC News morning program The Today Show, where she began work with host Hugh Downs. As a result of her outstanding interviewing ability and her popularity with viewers, she received more airtime on the program. In 1974, Walters became co-host of the program, the first woman to hold such a title on an American news program.

In 1976, continuing as a pioneer for women in broadcasting, she became the first female co-anchor of a network evening news, working with Harry Reasoner on the ABC Evening News.

From 1979 to 2004, she worked as co-host and a producer for the ABC newsmagazine 20/20.

In 1997, Walters created and debuted as a co-host on The View, a daytime talk show with an all-female panel. She retired as a co-host of The View in 2014 after 16 seasons, but still serves as its executive producer.

In 1996, Walters was ranked #34 on the TV Guide "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time" list.

Barbara Walters was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Barbara Walters

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