On Friday, December 30, the legendary TV journalist Barbara Walters died at 93. She was a pioneering TV journalist whose interviewing skills made her one of the most prominent figures in broadcasting.
“Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones. She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer for female journalists and all women,”Walters’ spokesperson Cindi Berger told CNN in a statement.
Barbara Walters was known for her annual “Most Fascinating People” specials and for being the first woman to anchor a network television newscast. In the era when TV news channels were dominated by men, Walters changed the whole dynamics.
Among several high profiles, Barabara interviewed global newsmakers ranging from Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to Plo leader Yasir Arafat, in 1997 Walters changed the face of daytime television with “The View”, in which she presided over a panel of female co-hosts to discuss the issues of the day; Walters stepped down from the show in 2014. ET Canada
Oprah Winfrey, Rosie, and many others pay tribute to the legendary TV Icon Barbara Walters. Oprah praised Walters for being her “role model.”