Barbara Walters is a broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. She has hosted morning television shows Today and The View, the television news magazine 20/20, co-anchored the ABC Evening News, and is a contributor to ABC News.
Barbara Walters was first known as a popular television morning news anchor for over 10 years on the NBC News program Today, where she worked with Hugh Downs and later hosts Frank McGee and Jim Hartz. She was the first female co-anchor of network evening news, working with Harry Reasoner on ABC News flagship program ABC Evening News. Walters later spent 25 years as co-host of the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. Since 1976, she has continually contributed as an anchor, reporter, and correspondent for ABC News.
In 1996, Barbara Walters was ranked #34 on the TV Guide “50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.”
In the late 1960s, Barbara Walters wrote a magazine article, “How to Talk to Practically Anyone About Practically Anything”, which drew upon the kinds of things people said to her, which were often mistakes. Shortly after the article appeared, she received a letter from Doubleday expressing interest in expanding it into a book. Walters felt that it would help “tongue-tied, socially awkward people — the many people who worry that they can’t think of the right thing to say to start a conversation.” She published the book in 1970, with the assistance of ghostwriter June Callwood. To Walters’ great surprise, the book was a phenomenon. As of 2008, it had gone through eight printings, sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide, and been translated into at least six different languages.
In 2008, Barbara Walters published her autobiography, Audition: A Memoir. Books about Barbara Walters Seen and Heard: The Women of Television News, Nichola D. Gutgold. (Lexington Books, 2008)
How Barbara Walters Made Her Money – Journalist, Author and Television Personality
Estimated Net Worth: $150 Million
Birthday: September 25, 1929
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