Full Name: Barbara Jill Walters
Profession: Broadcast Journalist
Why Famous: One of the best-known American broadcast journalists, Walters began her career in 1953 and began as a television journalist in the early 1960s when she appeared on NBC. Her strong ability to interview guests led to increased popularity and more airtime on the network.
Over the years she worked on programs including Today, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and created and starred in The View. She became particularly well-known for her interviews on leading figures such as Anwar Sadat, Fidel Castro, Katharine Hepburn (whom she was lampooned for asking, "what kind of a tree would you be?") and Michael Jackson.
She continued to report for ABC News as an occasional correspondent until her retirement in 2015. Her final interview was with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
- 1976-04-22 Barbara Walters becomes 1st female nightly network news anchor (Today Show)
- 1981-06-02 Barbara Walters famously asks Katharine Hepburn “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”