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Ground-Breaking Journalist, Barbara Walters, Has Died at the Age of 93.


Ground breaking journalist and newscaster, Barbara Walters, has died at the age of 93.


Barbara Jill Walters was born in Boston on Sept. 25, 1929, to Dena and Louis "Lou" Walters. Her father worked in show business as a booking agent and nightclub producer, and discovered comedians Fred Allen and Jack Haley, who would go on to star as the Tin Man in the classic film "The Wizard of Oz."


Growing up around celebrities taught a young Barbara a lesson that she relied upon throughout her career.


After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, in the 1950s, Walters found work as a publicist and television writer, before landing a spot as a writer on NBC's "Today" show in 1961. She would become the program's first female co-host in 1974, and won her first Emmy award the following year for Outstanding Talk Show Host.


"No one was more surprised than I," she said of her on-air career. "I wasn't beautiful, like many of the women on the program before me, [and] I had trouble pronouncing my r's."


Walters joined ABC News in 1976, becoming the first female anchor on an evening news program. Three years later, she became a co-host of "20/20," and in 1997, she launched "The View."


She made her final appearance as a co-host of "The View" in 2014, but remained an executive producer of the show and continued to do some interviews and specials for ABC News.


That show was iconic, not just because it was her farewell to daily daytime television, but because she received her flowers publicly from women she influenced.

To say that I was influenced by Barbara Walters in an understatement. Growing up, the top women in journalism were Barbara Walters, Oprah WInfrey, Jane Pauley and Connie Chung. I was later introduced to nearly every other woman who appeared in the video above.


Walters leaves one daughter, Jacqueline, and a ton of colleagues to cherish her memory but a ton of journalists who will continue her legacy.

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