Barbara Walters is ABC News Correspondent and host of ABC News’ magazine, 20/20 and The Barbara Walters Specials.
Barbara Walters‘s ground-breaking exclusive interviews with world figures and her enterprising reporting have made her one of the most highly acclaimed journalists on television.
Over the years, Ms. Walters has received national recognition for her work and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Her numerous and timely interviews – which appear regularly on the weekly newsmagazine 20/20 and on The Barbara Walters Specials – read like a “Who’s Who” of newsmakers. She made journalism history by arranging the first joint interview with Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin in November, 1977. She has interviewed every American President since Richard Nixon.
In 1988, Barbara Walters marked her 50th Barbara Walters Specials with a two-hour anniversary broadcast. It featured moments from many of Ms. Walters most memorable “Specials” interviews from the previous 12 years, including final interviews with Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Bette Davis, Laurence Olivier and the Shah of Iran.
Ms. Walters joined ABC News in 1976 as the first woman to co-host the network news. In 1984, she joined Hugh Downs as host of the ABC news magazine, 20/20. She is also a frequent contributor to Nightline and Good Morning America.
Prior to joining ABC, Walters appeared on NBC’s Today show for 15 years, longer than any other woman on the program. She began on the Today show as a writer, and within a year became a reporter-at-large, developing, writing and editing her own reports and interviews. In 1974, NBC officially designated her as the program’s first female co-host.
In addition to her responsibilities on the Today show, Barbara Walters hosted her own highly popular syndicated series, Not for Women Only, for five years and contributed on a regular basis to the NBC Radio Network.
Early in her career, Walters was a writer for CBS News and before that, she was the youngest producer with NBC-TV’s New York station (WNBC-TV).
Ms. Walters is the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from Ohio State University, Temple University, Marymount College, Wheaton College and Hofstra University.
She is the author of How to Talk to Practically Anybody About Practically Anything.
A native of Boston, Ms. Walters is the daughter of the famed entertainment impresario, Lou Walters. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has one daughter, Jacqueline.