Barbara Walters

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Barbara Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. Walters is known for having hosted of a variety of television programs, including Today, The View, and 20/20, and ABC Evening News. Since retirement as a full-time host and contributor, she has continued to occasionally report for ABC News. Walters first became known as a television personality in the early 1960s, when she was a writer and segment producer of "women's interest stories" on the NBC News morning program The Today Show, where she began work with host Hugh Downs. As a result of her outstanding interviewing ability and her popularity with viewers, she received more airtime on the program. Even though her production duties made her a significant contributor to the program, she had no input in choosing a successor for Downs when he left in 1971, and Frank McGee was hired. In 1974, at the time of McGee's death, Walters acquired the co-host position on the program, the first woman to hold such a title on an American news program. In 1976, continuing as a pioneer for women in broadcasting, she became the first female co-anchor of a network evening news, working with Harry Reasoner on the ABC News flagship program, the ABC Evening News, earning an unprecedented US$1 million per year. From 1979 to 2004, she worked as co-host and a producer for the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. In 1997, Walters created and debuted as a co-host on The View, a daytime talk show with an all-female panel. She retired as a co-host of The View in 2014 after 16 seasons. Walters initially retired as an executive producer of the program in 2015, but later returned to the position the following year.[9] Since her retirement from The View, she has hosted a number of special reports for 20/20, as well as a documentary series for Investigation Discovery. Additionally, Walters has continued to host her annual 10 Most Fascinating People special on ABC. In 1996, Walters was ranked #34 on the TV Guide "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time" list, and in 2000 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.