Trailblazing Journalist Barbara Walters Dead at 93

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Barbara Walters the legendary journalist has died at 93. Known for her tough interviews with leaders and celebrities including: Richard Nixon, Fidel Castro, Barbara Streisand, John Wayne and Monica Lewinsky.

Walters career spanned over 60 years. She began her on-air career in 1956 as a writer for CBS’ morning show. In 1961 she became NBC’s “Today Girl and in 1974 became the first female co-host of Today. Walters career was catapulted by her coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. Walters Last major engagement was on “The View” from which she retired in 2014 but made a few special appearances afterwards.

In 1999, an estimated 74 million tuned in to watch Babara Walters interview Monica Lewinsky. This is the largest audience for a news video. Here’s Walters describing the interview:

Walters was married four times and dated several high profile government figures including Roy Cohn, Alan Greenspan, Senator John Warner and Senator Edward Brooke.

Asked in a 2008 interview how Walters wanted to be remembered she stated: “On a personal level, as a loving mother. On a professional level, I don’t want to be remembered for asking Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she’d like to be, which I didn’t do. Or as an interviewer who made people cry – which I don’t do anymore – but as a good journalist.”

Walters is a Native of Boston, MA and is survived by her daughter Jacqueline Dena Guber. No cause of death was released. Walters has not been seen in public since 2016.

Rest in peace Barbara.