Barbara Walters dies at 93

 December 31, 2022

ABC News reports that Barbara Walters, the pioneering journalist, has passed away at the age of 93. 

Walters's passing has been confirmed by Cindi Berger, her spokesperson.

"Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones," Berger said. "She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists but for all women."

Further information has yet to be provided about Walters's passing.

Remembering Walters

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Walters's career began after she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, when she became a writer for CBS. This launched a career that would span some five decades.

In 1974, Walters would become the first female host of NBC's "Today" show. Then, a couple of years later, Walters would become the first female anchor of ABC News's evening program.

It is here, with ABC News, that Walters's career really took off. It did so as Walters hosted 20/20 and with her creation of The View. Particularly memorable are her many interviews with world leaders.

Walters when all was said and done would win 12 Emmy awards over the course of her career, and 11 of the Emmy awards were for work that she did with ABC News.

Reflecting on her television success, Walters once said, "I never expected this. I always thought I’d be a writer for television. I never even thought I’d be in front of a camera."

"A true legend"

Following Walters' passing, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger put out a statement referring to Walters as "a true legend."

Iger wrote:

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. 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,” Iger concluded.

Iger is just one of countless individuals who are offering tributes to Walters following the news of her passing. Among them is fellow journalist Katie Couric, who, as Couric put it, was "a lucky recipient of [Walters's] kindness and encouragement

Couric, in her tribute, referred to Walters as "the OG of female broadcasters."

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