Barbara Walters was born on September 25, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts. Today she is best known for her work as a journalist and for being the first female co-anchor of an evening news program.
Barbara was one of three children in the Walters family. Sadly her older sister, Jacqueline, was born disabled and died in 1985. In addition, her brother, Burton, also died of pneumonia when Barbara was just four years old.
Barbara’s father, Lou Walters, owned a famous nightclub called, the Tropicana Resort and Casino. He also worked as a Broadway producer. Because of her father’s work, Barbara grew up around many famous people. Her family had enough money to send her to private elementary schools.
After graduating from high school, Barbara attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where she majored in English. Barbara began to look for jobs in New York City after graduating college. She was on her way to becoming a successful journalist when she got the job as an assistant to the publicity director for an ABC television station in New York. Barbara gained so much experience from this job that she was hired as a news writer for the morning show on the CBS television network.
Barbara had a talent for writing and researching. At age 35, Barbara was well-known in the field of news journalism. Her hard work and determination was paying off.
In 1964, Barbara was hired as the “Today Girl”. At that time women only reported on light news like the weather or reading commercials. Barbara wanted more! She began developing and writing her own news reports. She was known to many as a talented writer, a natural on camera, and a highly intelligent journalist. People trusted her and admired her. These qualities led her to land an historic job as a co-host of Today with Hugh Downs. Soon, Barbara began landing jobs interviewing famous people from around the world and telling their stories in such a way that everyone wanted to listen. She received a salary of $1 million dollars a year and an Emmy award for her job as co-anchor.
In 1997, Barbara took on a new challenge when she co-hosted and co-produced the ABC television show called, “The View”. This show features interesting current events being discussed by a panel of five women. The show was a huge success and is still on television today.
Barbara Walters showed the world that a female could tell the news just as well as a male reporter. She has an amazing talent for interviewing and is not afraid to ask the tough questions. Although she is retired today, she has paved the way for other female journalists who share her same passion for telling a good story!