Barbara Walters, with her enduring broadcasting career, has been a trailblazer in her industry. What are some of her “coups?”
—Martha Y., Michigan
Barbara Walters has been opening doors since her early career, when she became the youngest producer with NBC-TV’s New York station. She appeared on the Today show for 15 years, first as a writer, then as a reporter. In 1974, she became the program’s first female co-host. Two years later, she joined ABC News as the first woman to co-host the network news. Walters has interviewed every American president and first lady since Richard Nixon. She made journalism history by arranging the first joint interview with Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin in 1977. Walters, a Boston native, graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and has one daughter.