Pioneering TV journalist Barbara Walters died at the age of 93 on Friday.

A cause of death was not provided.

“Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones. She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists, but for all women,” Cindi Berger, a representative for Walters, said in a statement. 


Walters was a recognized face on American television for more than 50 years, interviewing every president and first lady from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama as well as countless celebrities and world leaders.

Her highlights include her 1999 interview with Monica Lewinsky, which was viewed by 48.5 million viewers, and a 1997 joint session with Egypt’s Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Menachem Begin. In December 2011, she asked Syria’s President Bashar al Assad about his brutal acts of retaliation against protesters.

She began her broadcast career in 1961 as a reporter for NBC’s Today show. It was here that she developed her signature interviewing style: asking questions that feel casual but in truth were quite revealing. In 1976, Walters joined ABC News as the first female anchor on the nightly news.

At ABC, she launched The Barbara Walters Specials for her interviews and The View, a daytime television talk show where a panel of women discusses the news. Her shows were some of the highest-rated news broadcasts at the time.

Walters is survived by her daughter Jackie.

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