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Barbara Walters (1929–2022) Tribute List

January 2, 2023
Barbara Walters was an American broadcast journalist from 1951 to 2015, during which time she hosted numerous television programs: Today, the ABC Evening News, 20/20, and The View. A pioneer for women in broadcasting, Walters became the first woman to co-host NBC’s Today show and the first female co-anchor of network evening news on ABC. She set herself apart by her highly effective technique in television interviews of world-renowned figures, including every sitting U.S. president and first lady from Richard and Pat Nixon to Barack and Michelle Obama. Later, Walters created, produced, and co-hosted The View, a trend-setting daytime talk show. Recipient of several television awards, this tribute list summarizes her career with newspaper, news, and biography articles.
diverse
For more than five decades, Walters was a name to reckon with, whether speaking with world leaders on news programs, in celebrities' homes for her regular "Barbara Walters Specials" or on "The View," a daytime talk show in which a diverse panel of women discuss the latest headlines.
CNN
correspondent
The following year she joined the ABC newsmagazine show 20/20 as correspondent, becoming cohost with Downs in 1984; she remained with the program until 2004.
Britannica
tenacious
A tenacious pursuer of elusive figures in the news, she obtained exclusive interviews for her popular Barbara Walters Specials, which premiered in 1976.
Britannica
endeavor
Her most recognizable endeavor was as co-creator and co-executive producer of The View, which she cohosted for more than two decades before retiring in 2014.
Us Magazine
dominate
Barbara Walters, the trailblazing television news broadcaster and longtime ABC News anchor and correspondent who shattered the glass ceiling and became a dominant force in an industry once dominated by men, died Friday.
ABC News
strategic
After the events of Sept. 11, you seem to have made a strategic and historic choice to become much closer to the West, to the United States. This could be a risk for you here at home, where not everybody wants you to be that close. Why did you do it?
– Putin Interview, 2001, ABC news
deftly
She became known for her deftly maneuvered questions, often catching her subjects off guard and revealing uncommon candor.
Biography
candor
She became known for her deftly maneuvered questions, often catching her subjects off guard and revealing uncommon candor.
Biography
attribute
Her success has been attributed to her relentless effort to get the "first interview" from a wide range of people, an uncanny ability to ask the questions the public would most like to hear, and her ability not to alienate the people she interviews.
Biography
uncanny
Her success has been attributed to her relentless effort to get the "first interview" from a wide range of people, an uncanny ability to ask the questions the public would most like to hear, and her ability not to alienate the people she interviews.
Biography
misconception
"I think the biggest misconception about me, before 'The View,' is that I was very stern and very authoritative," she says.
San Francisco Bay Area News
authoritative
"I think the biggest misconception about me, before 'The View,' is that I was very stern and very authoritative," she says.
San Francisco Bay Area News
tumultuous
One of Walters's biggest scoops came in 1977 when she convinced Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to sit down for their first joint interview during one of the most tumultuous times in their countries’ relationship.
The Daily Beast
paparazzo
Whenever Michael Jackson sits for a TV interview, the result is a captivating concoction of circus-strange, heartbreaking, hilarious, and ceaselessly interesting. That was true of Walters's 1997 conversation with the King of Pop, which covered the role of paparazzi in his life and his reaction to the death of Princess Diana.
The Daily Beast
ingratiating
Highly personable and ingratiating but with a tough core, Walters withstood critiques about the softness of her interrogatory style with celebrities and sometimes major political figures as well.
Variety
interrogate
Highly personable and ingratiating but with a tough core, Walters withstood critiques about the softness of her interrogatory style with celebrities and sometimes major political figures as well.
Variety

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