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Barbara Walters

Date of birth : 1929-09-25
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2010-08-30

Barbara Jill Walters (born September 25, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American broadcast journalist and author, who has hosted morning television shows (Today and The View), the television newsmagazine (20/20), and co-anchor of the ABC Evening News and correspondent on ABC World News (then ABC Evening News).

Walters was first known as a popular TV morning news anchor for over 10 years on NBC's Today, where she worked with Hugh Downs and later hosts Frank McGee and Jim Hartz. Walters later spent 25 years as co-host of ABC's newsmagazine 20/20. She was the first female co-anchor of network evening news, working with Harry Reasoner on the ABC Evening News and was later a correspondent for ABC World News Tonight with Charles Gibson.


Born September 25, 1931, in Boston, MA; daughter of Lou (founder of "Latin Quarter" nightclub chain and theatrical producer) and Dena (Selett) Walters; married Lee Guber (a theatrical producer), December 8, 1963 (divorced, 1975); children: Jacqueline Dena. Education: Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., 1953.


L.H.D., Ohio State University, 1971, Marymount College (New York), 1975; named broadcasting woman of the year by Ladies Home Journal, 1974; National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmy) award as outstanding hostess in a talk service or variety series, 1975; broadcaster of the year award from International Radio and Television Society, 1975; Overseas Press Club's President's Award, 1988; induction into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame, 1990; Lowell Thomas Award for a career in journalism excellence by Marist College, 1990; Lifetime Achievement Award, International Women's Media Foundation, 1991; Salute by the American Museum of the Moving Image, 1992; Lifetime Achievement Award, Women's Project and Productions, 1993; Honored by the Museum of Television & Radio for her contributions to broadcast journalism, 1996; Muse Award from NY Women in Film and Television, 1997; Lifetime Achievement Award, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 2000; Daytime Emmy Award for "The View " ("Outstanding Talk Show"), 2003.


Television writer and journalist. Began work in television as writer and producer for New York television stations, WRCA and WPIX; writer and news and public affairs producer for Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)-TV; National Broadcasting Co. (NBC)-TV, New York City, writer for "Today" show, 1961-64, regular panel member, 1964-74, co-host, 1974-76; American Broadcasting Co. (ABC)-TV, New York City, co-anchor on "Evening News," beginning 1976; Co-host of "20/ 20," 1984-2004; co-owner, co-executive producer and co-host of The View, " beginning c. 1998. Former moderator of syndicated television show, "Not for Women Only, " and radio shows, "Emphasis " and "Monitor. "


* How to Talk with Practically Anybody about Practically Anything, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1970, 1983.
* Interview given by Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro to the American Journalist Barbara Walters, May 19, 1977., Oficina de Publicaciones del Consejo de Estado (Havana, Cuba), 1978.
* Barbara Walters Best Interviews, Meredith (New York, NY), 1994.
* Audition (memoir), Knopf (New York, NY), 2008.

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