Trailblazing TV News Anchor Barbara Walters Dies At 93 | “She Opened The Door to Endless Possibilities For So Many Girls”
Barbara Walters was known for her high-profile interviews which included world leaders, and celebrities.
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Barbara Walters, one of the most iconic American news anchors, passed away at the age of 93. Walters is known for her cutting-edge interview with top leaders including rulers, celebrities, and royalty. Some of the high-profile interviews included US Presidents, Margaret Thatcher, Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro among others, reported The Guardian. Her death was announced by ABC News. “Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones,” her publicist Cindi Berger said in a statement on Friday night. “She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists but for all women.”
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She began her career at NBC’s The TODAY show in the 1960s as a writer and would eventually move to ABC News. She earned 12 Emmy awards for her work. She also broke the glass ceiling for women reporters and commanded an unprecedented $1m annual salary in 1976. For Barbara Walters who started out as a writer, facing the camera wasn’t something she had envisioned. “I never expected this!” said Walters in 2004. “I always thought I’d be a writer for television. I never even thought I’d be in front of a camera.” She was at ease in front of the camera and took to it like a duck to water. Her calm and poise went a long way while interviewing high-profile guests. “I’m not afraid when I’m interviewing, I have no fear.” She told Associated Press in 2008.