Television journalist Barbara Walters has died at 93 years old, ABC News reported Friday night.
Walters was a pioneer in the field, and she rose to national fame in the 1970s as the first woman to anchor a nightly news show. According to the outlet, she was a 12-time Emmy Award winner.
The journalist was well-known for her interviews with high-profile figures, ranging from superstar performer Michael Jackson to former President Ronald Reagan. Her interviews made her a giant in the media industry, and one of the most recognizable figures in news in the Twentieth century.
As her career progressed, Walters gained attention for her hosting role on the programs “20/20” and “The View.”
ABC News‘ “Good Morning America” reported on her early life and career:
Barbara Jill Walters was born in Boston on Sept. 25, 1929, to Dena and Louis “Lou” Walters. Her father worked in show business as a booking agent and nightclub producer, and discovered comedians Fred Allen and Jack Haley, who would go on to star as the Tin Man in the classic film “The Wizard of Oz.”
Walters exited public life in 2015, and reportedly suffered from dementia in her last years.
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