Trailblazing female journalist Barbara Walters passes away


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Barbara Walters passed away on December 30, 2022 in her home in Manhattan. Walters was a reknown female journalist who trailblazed paths for all journalists since the 1960’s. Image licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0.

Two days prior to the world ringing in the new year, pioneering female journalist Barbara Walters passes away at the age of 93 in her home of Manhattan, New York. Her monumental moments blazed a way for all woman.

She started her career as a panel member, reporter, and writer for NBC’s “Today” show in 1961 until she was promoted as co-host in 1974. She joined ABC News two years after as the first female anchor on the evening news. Under ABC News she launched “The Barbara Walters Specials”, the show conducted in-depth interviews conducted by herself. The very first episode was with President-elect Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn, actress Barbra Streisand, and producer Jon Peters. She soon hosted “10 Most Fascinating People” and was a correspondent for ABC News’ “20/20”.

Walters was known for her renowned in-depth and extensive research done by herself and her team prior to the interview. Her most watched show was an interview with Monica Lewinsky after her sex scandal with President Bill Clinton.

“Lewinsky broke her silence, with a mix of mordant laughter and tears, to Walters after more than 14 months of incessant media coverage,” Cynthia Littleton, writer for Variety, said. “The two-hour “20/20” special that aired 9-11 p.m. on a Wednesday night garnered a 48 share of the viewing audience – meaning that nearly 50% of all TV sets in use that night were watching what Barbara had to say.”

Walters helped pave ways for American talk shows like “The View”, “The Talk”, and “The Chew”. She created “The View” to be an all-female panel featuring guests from around the world to come and talk with them about sociopolitical and entertainment news called “Hot Topics”.

“She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists, but for all women,” her publicist Cindi Berger also said in a statement, adding Walters died peacefully at her New York home.