At age 84, after a journalism career spanning over half a century, Barbara Walters has decided to retire. Launching her broadcast career in 1961 as a reporter, writer and panel member on The Today Show on NBC, by 1976 Walters had been snatched up by the ABC.
While at the ABC Walters created The Barbara Walters Specials and 10 Most Fascinating People before starring as a co-host on ABC News’s 20/20 program in 1979. Walters went on to become the first female co-anchor of any network evening news, when she worked with Harry Reasoner on ABC Evening News.
During her career Walters has interviewed every US president and first lady since Richard and Pat Nixon. She is also well know as a pioneer for women, becoming the first woman to acquire the title of ‘co-host’ for any network news or public affairs program and inspiring many up-and-coming women journalists.
Walters’ most recent role was on The View which she created in 1997 and on which she has appeared as a co-host ever since. Over two dozen female journalists gathered last Friday to bid farewell to Walters during her final episode of The View, including Oprah, Hillary Clinton and Diane Sawyer.
While Walters will remain on as executive producer of The View, she is leaving on-camera work behind. Known for asking the hard questions we all want to know, Walters noted the numerous women who looked up to her, as her legacy, saying “How do you say goodbye to something like 50 years in television? How proud when I see all the young women who are making and reporting the news. If I did anything to help make that happen, that is my legacy,” before she went on to thank everyone who has worked with her and watched her shows.