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Barbara Walters: Making News for 50+ Years

A pioneer in broadcast journalism, Walters scored many firsts for women on TV

1953: Young Newswoman

En español | One of  Barbara Walters’ first jobs in television was producing the show Ask the Camera for WNBT in New York, with host Kathi Norris (left).


1965: At the 'Today' Show

Walters was hired as a writer and researcher for the Today show. She later became an on-air reporter.


1972: On Nixon's Trip to China

Walters was the only female TV reporter among the journalists accompanying President Richard Nixon on his historic visit to China.


1974: 'Today' Show Cohost

NBC News enlisted Walters and Jim Hartz, cohosts of Today, to handle national election coverage.


1976: ABC News Coanchor

She joined Harry Reasoner to become the first woman to coanchor the ABC Evening News, earning a then-stunning $1 million salary.


1977: In Cuba With Fidel Castro

Walters interviewed Fidel Castro for an ABC News Special in June 1977. She later said she found him “very courtly” and “somewhat portly.”


1977: Interviewing Sadat and Begin

She arranged a joint interview with Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin in November 1977.


1978: On the Town With Greenspan

Walters dated economist Alan Greenspan for a period during the ’70s; she’d been married and divorced twice.


1980: Interviewing Nixon

She interviewed Richard Nixon on ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20. It was Nixon’s first network TV interview since he resigned the presidency in 1974.


1982: With Clint Eastwood

Walters interviewed major political figures and top stars, including actor Clint Eastwood, for her Barbara Walters Specials on ABC.


1986: Married to Merv Adelson

Walters’ third husband was then-entertainment executive Merv Adelson. They’d met on a blind date in 1984 and divorced in 1992.


1990: With daughter Jackie

Walters and her second husband, Lee Guber, adopted their daughter, Jacqueline (now Jackie Danforth), born in 1968.


1999: The Monica Interview

Walters’ interview with Monica Lewinsky on 20/20 was watched by 70 million people. “Where was your self-respect?” Walters asked.


2007: Her Oscar Special

Eddie Murphy was just one of the stars on Barbara Walters’ Oscar Night Special, which ran on the evening of the Academy Awards from 1981 to 2010.


2010: Her Fascinating People

Her annual 10 Most Fascinating People special on ABC featured heads of state, entrepreneurs, artists and stars such as Jennifer Lopez


2013: Farewell to 'The View'

Walters, who created The View in 1997, began her final season with cohosts (left to right) Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd.


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