Barbara Walters

Journalist + Television News Anchor and Talk Show Host
Born Sep 25, 1929

Barbara Jill Walters is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. She has hosted morning television shows, the television news magazine, co-anchored the ABC World News, and is a contributor to ABC News. Walters was first known as a popular TV morning news anchor for over 10 years on NBC's Today, where she worked with Hugh Downs and later hosts Frank McGee and Jim Hartz. Walters later spent 25 years as co-host of ABC's news magazine 20/20.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Walters.


1929 Birth Barbara Walters was born in 1929 (although Walters herself has claimed 1931 in an on-camera interview) in Boston to Dena (née Seletsky) and Louis "Lou" Walters (born Louis Abrahams). … Read More
1939 9 Years Old Walters attended Lawrence School, a public school in Brookline, Massachusetts, to the middle of fifth grade, when her father moved the family to Miami Beach in 1939, where she also attended public school. … Read More


1944 14 Years Old Walters' brother, Burton, died in 1944 of pneumonia.
1947 17 Years Old Then, back to New York City, and for high school, Birch Wathen School from which she graduated in 1947.


1951 21 Years Old In 1951 she received a B.A. in English from Sarah Lawrence College and immediately looked for work in New York City. … Read More
1953 23 Years Old She began producing a 15-minute children's program, "Ask the Camera," directed by Roone Arledge in 1953. … Read More
1954 24 Years Old Then she went to WPIX to produce the "Eloise McElhone Show."; it was cancelled in 1954.
1955 25 Years Old She became a writer on "The Morning Show" at CBS in 1955.


1961 31 Years Old After a few years as a publicist with Tex McCrary Inc. and a job as a writer at Redbook magazine, Walters joined NBC's The Today Show as a writer and researcher in 1961. … Read More


1974 44 Years Old She was not named co-host of the show until McGee's death in 1974, when NBC officially designated Walters as the program's first female co-host.
1976 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Walters has seldom minced words when describing the visible, on-the-air disdain her co-anchor Harry Reasoner displayed for her when she was teamed up with him on the ABC Evening News from 1976–78. … Read More
1977 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Her television special about Cuban leader Fidel Castro aired on ABC-TV on June 9, 1977. … Read More


1984 54 Years Old In 1984, she moderated a Presidential debate held at the Dana Center for the Humanities at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
1985 55 Years Old Walters' elder sister, Jacqueline, was born mentally disabled and died of ovarian cancer in 1985. … Read More


1999 69 Years Old On March 3, 1999, her interview of Monica Lewinsky was seen by a record 74 million viewers, the highest rating ever for a news program. … Read More
2007 77 Years Old …  In 2007 she dated Pulitzer Prize-winning gerontologist Robert Neil Butler. … Read More
2010 80 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 7, 2010, Barbara Walters announced she would no longer hold Oscar interviews, but will still be working with ABC and on The View.
2013 83 Years Old On March 28, 2013, numerous media outlets reported that Barbara Walters would retire in May 2014 and that she would make the announcement on the show four days later. … Read More
…  She retired as a co-host of The View on May 16, 2014, and as executive producer in 2015, but she returned to this position for the 20th season of the show in 2016.
2015 85 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2015, since her retirement from The View, she has hosted a number of special reports for 20/20. … Read More
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