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Women Who Changed Our World: Barbara Walters. Happy Birthday!

by Erik Fogel | Sep 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM | |
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"One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time." -Barbara Walters

 

Happy Birthday to Barbara Walters, who was born on September 25th. Walters is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. Walters is known for having hosted a variety of television programs, including Today, The View, 20/20, and the ABC Evening News. Walters became the first female co-anchor of a network evening news. In 1996, Walters was ranked #34 on the TV Guide "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time" list and in 2000 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  And she got her start on her school's debate team! 

 

Barbara Walters was born in Massachusetts on September 25th, 1929. Her childhood was spent on the go as her father repeatedly made money and lost everything in an unsteady career. But Walters was in New York City as she came of age, and after earning her collegiate bachelors in English, she landed a low-level job writing press releases for a local NBC affiliate. Working her way up the ladder, Barbara Walters created her own niche. Personality journalism is defined by Walters' presence. 

 

Barbara Walters has interviewed celebrities from Frank Sinatra to Justin Bieber. Delving deep into an icon's personality and emotional state gave her an edge over shallow, publicity-based question-and-answer sessions. And Barbara Walters did not exclusively feature entertainment stars. Her political interviews have revealed telling and poignant truths about our world leaders. Having questioned every president from Nixon to Trump, Walters has powerful insight on the psyche of our commanders-in-chief. Walters also took her show on the road, interviewing then President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, in 1977 and eventually spending three days in Cuba with longtime socialist dictator, Fidel Castro. After this interview, Walters did not mince words, describing the dictators definition of freedom as fundamentally different from our own. 

 

Barbara Walters worked her way through the ranks to make television history. She advances feminist ideals and asks important questions every day. When looking for an example of a woman who has changed the landscape of public life, stardom, and politics worldwide, turn to Barbara Walters. She is one of many forward-thinking women who changed our world.

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