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Barbara Walters        

Creator, Former Co-Host & Executive Producer of "The View"; Pioneer for Women in Broadcast Journalism

Barbara Walters is a broadcast journalist, author, and television personality known for her amazing interviewing skills and being a trailblazer for women in broadcast journalism. Walters has hosted a variety of television programs, including "Today," "The View," "20/20," and the "ABC Evening News." Since retirement as a full-time host and contributor, she continued to occasionally report for ABC News through 2015.

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. Even though her production duties made her a significant contributor to the program, she had no input in choosing a successor for Downs when he left in 1971, and Frank McGee was hired. In 1974, at the time of McGee's death, Walters became co-host of the program, the first woman to hold such a title on an American news program.

From 1971 to 1976, Walters hosted "Not for Women Only," a half-hour show that followed "The Today Show" on NBC's NY affiliate station. In 1976, continuing as a pioneer for women in broadcasting, Walters became the first female co-anchor of a network evening news, working with Harry Reasoner on the ABC News flagship program, the "ABC Evening News," earning an unprecedented $1 million per year.

From 1979 to 2004, Walters worked as co-host and a producer for the ABC news magazine 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.

Since her retirement as one of The View"'s co-hosts, Walters has hosted a number of special reports for 20/20 and ABC News, as well as a documentary series for Investigation Discovery. Additionally, Walters continued to host her annual "10 Most Fascinating People" special on ABC. Her final on-air appearance for ABC News was in 2015.

In 2000 Walters received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Fascinating People

With a career that reads like a Who’s Who of modern culture, Barbara Walters shares her insider’s perspective from interviews with the world’s foremost political leaders and entertainers.

Behind the Scenes with Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters shares experiences and anecdotes from a lifetime as one of the most recognizable names in network news.


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Barbara Walters Fast Facts - CNN
Read CNN's Fast Facts on Barbara Walters and learn more about the famed journalist, and the first female to co-anchor an evening news program.

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