Walters, Barbara
born Sept. 25, 1931, Boston, Mass., U.S.

U.S. television journalist.

After brief employment in an advertising agency, she became assistant to the publicity director for New York City's NBC-affiliated television station. She worked in television as a writer-producer (1952–58), interviewer (1964–74), and cohost (1974–76) of NBC's Today show, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1975. In 1976–78, for an unprecedented $1 million a year, she was coanchor of the ABC Evening News, the first woman to anchor a network newscast in the U.S. From 1976 she hosted the series of Barbara Walters Specials, interviewing celebrities and world leaders Her disarmingly direct questioning drew many subjects into frequently interesting and occasionally provocative moments of self-revelation. In 1982 and 1983 she received Emmy Awards for best interviewer. From 1984 she also cohosted ABC's 20/20 news magazine program.

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▪ American journalist
born Sept. 25, 1931, Boston, Mass., U.S.

      American journalist known particularly for her highly effective technique in television interviews of world-renowned figures.

      Walters graduated in 1953 from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y., and, after brief employment in an advertising agency, she became assistant to the publicity director for New York City's NBC-affiliated television station. There she gained experience in writing and producing for television. Soon she was hired as a news and public affairs producer and writer by the CBS television network. In 1961 she became a writer for the popular NBC morning show Today and did occasional on-air feature stories.

      Walters was hired in 1964 as the “Today Girl,” a job that had traditionally involved little more than being attractive, making small talk, and reading commercials. She soon expanded that narrow role, making a place for herself among the Today show's panel of commentators and newsreaders. Her intelligence and camera presence, together with the solid journalistic work she did on her feature stories, made her one of the most popular personalities on the program, and in 1974 she was named cohost of Today with Hugh Downs. The following year she won an Emmy for her work on the show.

      In 1976 Walters made headlines by signing a five-year contract with ABC that made her the first woman to coanchor an evening network news program and, with a salary of $1 million per year, the highest-paid journalist at that time. In 1978 she left the program. The following year she joined the ABC newsmagazine show 20/20 as correspondent, becoming cohost with Downs in 1984; she remained with the program until 2004.

      Walters was particularly known for her interviews with world notables. A tenacious pursuer of elusive figures in the news, she obtained exclusive interviews for her popular Barbara Walters Specials, which premiered in 1976. Her disarmingly direct questioning drew many subjects into frequently interesting and occasionally provocative moments of self-revelation. Walters described her effective interview style in How to Talk with Practically Anybody About Practically Anything (1970). In 1982 and 1983 she received Emmy Awards for best interviewer. She was named to the Hall of Fame of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1990. In 1993 she introduced an annual program that featured her interviews with the top newsmakers of the year. Four years later she began cohosting the daytime talk show The View. In her autobiography, Audition (2008), so named because she felt she had to prove herself over and over again, Walters reflected on both her public and private life.

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