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Trailblazing News Anchor Barbara Walters Dies At 93

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  • On December 30, Barbara Walters died at the age of 93
  • Walters was a trailblazing journalist who was the first female anchor in evening news
  • Her career spanned five decades

 

Barbara Walters is reported to have died. She was 93 when she passed. This is a developing story and information is still coming in. By time of writing there is no specified cause of death. Her spokesperson, Cindi Berger, announced that Walters had died. “Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones,” said Berger.

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Walters is recognized as the first female anchor in evening news. She was a leading power behind ABC’s Evening News. In this position,she conducted many high-profile interviews with Richard Nixon, John Wayne, Fidel Castro, and more.

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April 21, 2015 New York City
Barbara Walters attending TIME 100 Gala, TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

Barbara Walters dies at age 93

As news of Walter’s death circulated, tributes have begun pouring in. Bob Iger, Walt Disney Company CEO, which is the ABC News parent company, praised Walters. He said, “Barbara was a true legend, a pioneer not just for women in journalism but for journalism itself. 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.

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He continued, “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.”

Barbara Walters attends the Third Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 1, 2005 in New York City.

A trailblazing career

Walters worked from 1951 to 2015. Before she died, she worked for Today, ABC Evening News, 20/20, and The View. Her interviews have been as famous as they sometimes were infamous. However, she has also been awarded several accolades, including a GLAAD Excellence in Media Award, and by ’89, she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Her last big gig came with a stint as co-host of The View back in 2014.

TV presenter BARBARA WALTERS and PETER BROWN leaving the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway in New York after attending the opening night of the musical “Oklahoma.” March 22, 2002. 2002

Then, she announced, “I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain.” She continued, “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.” Indeed, Berger shared of Walters, “She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists but for all women.”

Rest in peace, an iconic legend.

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