The world is mourning the loss of groundbreaking journalist and television anchor Barbara Walters after she passed away Friday evening at the age of 93. Walters was a pioneer in broadcasting, and it’s no exaggeration to say everyone working in media in some capacity has been influenced by her.
It’s difficult to sum up just how impactful Walters’ career of over 50 yeas was, but we’ll give it a try. It began in the 1960s when she worked as a writer and producer on TODAY. Soon after, she became the first anchorwoman to ever host an evening news program when she joined ABC News.
In just three short years, she became the co-host of ABC’s investigative program 20/20, where she interviewed everyone from Richard Nixon to Elton John, as well as creating The View in 1997, while continuing to work regularly as a journalist until her retirement in 2014.
Walters made a name for herself as a woman in an industry predominantly dominated by men, and she’s served as an inspiration for many. Soon after her passing, many prominent figures and celebrities reacted to the news of her death. Disney CEO Bob Iger was one of the first people to break the news, calling her a “dear friend.”