Pioneering journalist and famous TV icon Barbara Walters passed away at the age of 93. The first female co-host of The Today Show is credited with breaking the glass ceiling in a journalism world dominated by her male peers. Anyone with a knack for writing, journalism, or news media consumption recognizes Walters and the important legacy she leaves behind.
Good morning America shared the following statement from Bob Iger about Walters’ contribution to journalism and the entertainment field as a whole.
“Barbara was a true legend, a pioneer not only for women in journalism but for journalism itself. She was a unique reporter who received many of the most important interviews of our time, from heads of state to the biggest celebrities and sports icons. I’ve had the pleasure of calling Barbara a colleague for more than three decades, but more importantly, I’ve been able to call her a dear friend. She will be missed by all of us at The Walt Disney Company and we send our deepest condolences to her daughter Jacqueline.”
ABC News shared Walters’ death alongside a picture of her warm smile that never failed a dedicated journalist. Walters never missed an opportunity not just to tell a story, but to make sure everyone who deserves a voice is heard. Your contributions to the industry will always be remembered by all of us. It’s hard to imagine journalism without hearing Walters’ unique voice and remembering some of the most beautiful and compelling moments in press interviews.
Walters’ time in front of the camera spanned the 1960s until she was 83, with her award-winning career never really looking back. True crime lovers still hear her voice in episodes of 20/20. If you want a reminder of what it looks like to shake up an entire industry, you can watch YouTube videos of Walters interviewing everyone from Muhammad Ali and Clint Eastwood to Taylor Swift and Fidel Castro.
Walters began her NBC career as a writer in the early ’60s and knew every avenue of the interviewing process. Her dedication and determination paved the way for all journalists, especially women, over the next five decades. The New York Times reports that Harry Reasoner initially dismissed hiring Walters at ABC as a gimmick, but it proved him and anyone else who dared to doubt her wrong.
Fellow reporter Robin Roberts offered his condolences to Walter’s daughter and family and thanked her for being an example to live up to.
Dan Rather nodded to Walters as well, saying that she has outperformed and outperformed her competitors throughout her career and that we all suffered a great tragedy at her loss.
His words, and the words of countless others offering their condolences and tributes to Walters, show that honesty, hard work, and the courageous sense of pursuing a dream are all things we should strive for, both professionally and personally. Rest in peace, Barbara Walther. All the better that we were inspired by you.
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