Groundbreaking US news anchor Barbara Walters dies | US News

Pioneering television news reporter Barbara Walters has died at the age of 93.

Her network’s ABC broadcast announced her death Friday night.

Ms. Walters hit the headlines in 1976 as the first female network news anchor, earning an annual salary of $1 million, unprecedented at the time.

During her more than three decades on ABC, and before NBC, she was known for securing exclusive interviews with the famous and powerful.

Ms. Walters is the first female co-host of the Today show, which has been a huge success in the US Daily News and Magazines show, the first female evening news anchor in broadcast history, and co-creator and co-host of topical chat show The View.

She died Friday night at her home in New York, ABC News announced.

TV personalities Oprah Winfrey (centre) and Barbara Walters (left) with singer Diana Ross (right) at "oh oprah magazine" New York, April 17. Launching nationwide on April 19, the magazine covers every aspect of a woman's life, from inner well-being to relationships, fashion, home design books and food.  BR
With Oprah Winfrey and Diana Ross in 2000

Disney CEO Robert Iger, owner of ABC, confirmed her death, describing it as “sad news.”

He said Ms Walters was a “true legend”, a “one-of-a-kind journalist” and “a pioneer not only of women’s journalism, but of journalism itself”.

Monica Lewinsky, right, poses with TV personality Barbara Walters in a promotional photo for ABC News' 20/20. Lewinsky was interviewed by Ms. Walters. The show airs March 3 on ABC.
Ms Walters interviewed Monica Lewinsky about her relationship with US President Bill Clinton. It became the highest-rated episode of the primetime show 20/20

In a broadcast career spanning five years, Ms. Walters has interviewed a string of world leaders, including Cuba’s Fidel
Castro, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, Libya’s ruler Muammar Gaddafi, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and every man since Richard and Pat Nixon U.S. President and First Lady.

Actor Michael Douglas and TV reporter Barbara Walters pose for photographers before honoring media moguls David Geffen and Joan Tisch at a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on Jan. Help the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). Geffen and Tisch are honored to thank them for their leadership in the fight against AIDS and for their support of GMHC.AIDS benefits
with actor michael douglas

She has won 12 Emmy Awards, including 11 for ABC News.

She leaves behind an only daughter, Jacqueline Danforth.

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