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Walters, Barbara

Barbara Walters is a U.S. journalist who has worked in television for more than 50 years. She began working in television in the 1950s, first as a writer and later on camera. As the first woman to cohost the ABC news program, ABC Evening News, in 1976, she became the first woman network evening-news anchor. ABC paid her $1 million annually for that position, the highest salary of any network newscaster at that time. She went on to cohost the ABC news magazine 20/20 for more than two decades. Also in 1976, she began the “Barbara Walters Specials,” interviews with the famous and infamous that made her a cultural institution. In the late 1990s, she created The View, an award-winning daytime talk ...

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