Barbara Walters became a household name in television journalism for her adept, exclusive interviews with some of the most noted people on the world stage, from Katherine Hepburn and Princess Grace of Monaco to Fidel Castro and Vladimir Putin. Walters began as an assistant to the publicity director for a New York NBC affiliate and quickly became the youngest producer in the station’s history. She then became a news producer and writer at CBS before joining the writing staff at NBC’s Today in 1961. She began appearing as the latest “Today Girl,” turning the weather–and–small–talk role into a key part of the program and interviewing noteworthy people like Golda Meir. In 1974, she became the co-host of Today and in 1976, she became co-host of the ABC Evening News, but her co-host, Harry Reasoner, forced her out after a year. Because she was still under contract, she began doing interview specials, talking with celebrities and world leaders. She also helped create 20/20, the first investigative news show, in 1979, and The View in 1997. Walters was inducted into the Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1990 and announced her retirement in 2014.
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