• February 5, 2023

Media Icon, Legendary Anchor Barbara Walters Passes Away At 93

 Media Icon, Legendary Anchor Barbara Walters Passes Away At 93

Broadcast legend and pioneer Barbara Walters died on Friday at age 93 in New York City.

WCPO first announced Walters’ death via Twitter on Friday night.

#BREAKINGNEWS Legendary @ABC journalist Barbara Walters passed away at 93. @WCPO

— Bret Buganski (@Bret_Buganski) December 31, 2022

ABC News, where Walters worked for over two decades, also confirmed the news of Walters passing.

Walters, the first woman to co-host a morning and evening newscast, was born Sept. 25, 1929 to Dena and Louis Walters.

Her father worked as a booking agent and nightclub producer and discovered Jack Haley who later became famous for his role as the Tin Man in the film “The Wizard of Oz.”

In a 1989 interview with the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, Barbara explained how growing up around celebrities taught her invaluable career lessons.

“I would see them onstage looking one way and offstage often looking very different. I would hear my parents talk about them and know that even though those performers were very special people, they were also human beings with real-life problems,” she said.. “I can have respect and admiration for famous people, but I have never had a sense of fear or awe.”

PHOTO: Broadcast journalist Barbara Walters looks at film negatives with an unidentified man behind the scenes at NBC Studios in New York, circa 1966.

The pioneering TV news broadcaster joined ABC News in 1976, historically becoming the first female co-anchor of an evening news program.

Three years later, Walters became co-host of “20/20.”

In 1997, Walters launched “The View.”

Throughout her 50-year-long broadcast career, Walters won 12 Emmy awards, 11 of those while at ABC.

In 2014, she made her final appearance as a co-host of The View, but remained an executive producer of the show and continued to occasionally conduct interviews and specials for the network.

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