Barbara Walters, the journalist who paved the way for all others, has died aged 93.


American journalist Barbara Walters, the first woman to host an evening newscast in the United States, has died at the age of 93, her longtime employer, ABC, announced on Friday.

This legend of the American audiovisual landscape had said goodbye in 2014, with a “goodbye” in French, after more than 50 years of television. She was then 84 years old.
The American network did not give the cause of death or specify where Barbara Walters died.
Barbara Walters had interviewed all the American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, but also foreign leaders such as Saddam Hussein, Anouar el-Sadat and Fidel Castro, the Dalai Lama or even other celebrities such as Bette Davis and Angelina Pretty.

She became a celebrity herself in the American news world, especially with the daily show “The Viewwhich she premiered in 1997 on ABC.
The journalist had won 12 Emmy Awards.

When she left in 2014, she said she was happy to have been a pioneer in a profession long reserved for men. Hillary Clinton had come to pay her respects, as well as television host and producer Oprah Winfrey and about twenty women television journalists.

In 1976, she was the first woman to present the evening news “ABC Evening News“, earning a then-unprecedented salary of $1 million a year.
Two years earlier, she had co-hosted a morning program on NBC. But it had been a flop, she recalled 40 years later: “My male co-host didn’t want a (female) partner and neither did the audience“.

She then imposed herself by her unique style interviews, from Vladimir Poutine to Michael Jackson via Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi.
Her greatest pride was to have contributed to the arrival of women journalists on television. “If I did anything to help with this, it’s my legacy“, she said again in 2014.



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