Walters started her career in 1951 as a journalist and worked as a host on many famous programs like Today, The View, and The ABC Evening News. She captures the hearts of many Americans for her reporting abilities but also for her determination to make a name for herself.
In 1976, Walters was named the first female anchor on an evening news program at ABC News. At the same network, she launched her own shows, The Barbara Walters Specials” and “10 Most Fascinating People.”
During her time hosting these shows, viewers fell in love with her interviewing skills. During this time, she was able to interview all of the presidents and the first ladies since Richard and Pat Nixon.
Walters retired in 2015 and her impact on the TV and news broadcasting industry is never forgettable.
During her last airing, she said:
“How do you say goodbye to something like 50 years in television? How proud when I see all the young women who are making and reporting the news. If I did anything to help make that happen, that is my legacy.
From the bottom of my heart, to all of you with whom I have worked and who have watched and been by my side, I can say: ‘Thank you.’ “
Rest in peace, Barbara Walters; your impact will never be forgotten.