New York – Barbara Walters, the intrepid interviewer, anchor and showrunner who was the first TV host during a network career known for its duration and diversity, has passed away Women of news superstars. She is 93 years old.
Walters’ death was broadcast by ABC on Friday night and was announced by her publicist.
“Barbara Walters passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. She lived a life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not just for women journalists, but for all women,” publicist Cindy Cindi Berger said in a statement.
During her nearly four years on ABC, and before that on NBC, Walters’ celebrity status stood alongside them with exclusive interviews with rulers, royals and entertainers, All the while keeping her at the forefront of trends in broadcast journalism, making TV journalists stars and putting news shows in the race for higher ratings.
In 1976, Walters made headlines as the first female network news anchor, earning an unprecedented $1 million a year, which drew discontent and criticism (although she lost her additional duties outside of journalism amid protests). In a world crowded with ever-growing interviewers, including female journalists who followed the path she blazed, her efforts are legendary as she competes not only with rival networks but with colleagues from her own network Competition – for every major “win”.
“I didn’t expect this!” Walters said in 2004, gauging her success. “I always thought I was going to be a TV writer. I never even thought I’d be in front of the camera.”
But she’s a natural in front of the camera, especially when it comes to quizzing celebrities.
“I’m not afraid when I interview, I’m not afraid of anything!” Walters told The Associated Press in 2008.
Walters is survived by her only daughter, Jacqueline Danforth.
Moore, a longtime AP television writer who retired in 2017, was the lead author of the obituary. Associated Press reporter Stefanie Dazio in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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