|Birthdate:||September 25, 1929|
|Birthplace:||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
Barbara Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American broadcast journalist, an author, and a television personality. Walters has hosted the following television shows: Today, The View, and 20/20, and she has co-hosted the ABC Evening News. Since retirement as a full-time host and contributor, she has continued to occasionally report for ABC News. In 1962, she first became known as a television personality when she was a writer and segment producer of "women's interest stories" on the morning NBC News program, The Today Show, where she began work with Hugh Downs, the host of the show. Once she modeled a swimsuit when an expected model did not show up. Because of her excellent interviewing ability and her popularity with the viewers, and when other women left the program, she was eventually allowed more air time. Even though her production duties made her a significant contributor to the show, she had no input in choosing a successor for Hugh Downs when he left the show in 1971, and Frank McGee was hired. In 1974, at the time of Frank McGee's death, although his salary was twice her salary, she acquired the title, "co-host", because of a clause added to her contract by her agent (a family friend), and she became the first woman of that title on any network news or public affairs program. Jim Hartz became her co-host. In 1976, continuing as a pioneer for women in broadcasting, she became the first female co-anchor of a network evening news, working with Harry Reasoner on the ABC News flagship program, the ABC Evening News, earning an unprecedented US$1 million per year. From 1979 to 2004, she worked as co-host and a producer for the ABC newsmagazine, 20/20, again appearing with Hugh Downs. In 1996, she was ranked #34 on the TV Guide "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time" list. In 1997, she created and appeared as a co-host on The View. 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. In 2015, since her retirement from The View, she has hosted a number of special reports for 20/20. She hosted a documentary show for Investigation Discovery, and has continued to host her annual 10 Most Fascinating People special. In 2000, Walters received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.