Barbara Jill Walters was born on September 25, 1929, is an American broadcast journalist, tv personality and author, who has hosted morning television shows (Today & The View), the TV newsmagazine (20/20), & co-anchor of the ABC Evening News and correspondent on ABC World News (then ABC Evening News). Walters was first known as a popular TV morning news anchor for over 10 years on NBC’s Today, where she worked with Hugh Downs & later hosts Frank McGee and Jim Hartz. Walters later spent 25 years as co-host of ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20. She was the 1st female co-anchor of network evening news, working w/ Harry Reasoner on the ABC Evening News and was later a correspondent for ABC World News Tonight w/ Charles Gibson. Walters wrote a magazine article, How to Talk to Practically Anyone About Practically Anything, w/c drew upon the kinds of things people said to her, w/c were often mistakes.
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Shortly after the article appeared, she got a letter from Doubleday expressing interest in expanding it into a book. Walters felt that it would help “tongue-tied, socially awkward people the many people who worry that they can’t think of the right thing to say to start a conversation.” She published the book in 1970, w/ the assistance of ghostwriter June Callwood. To Walters’ great surprise, the book was a phenomenon. As of 2008, it had gone through 8 printings, sold thousands of copies worldwide, & had been translated into at least 6 various languages. In 2008, she published her autobiography, “Audition: A Memoir”. On September 21, 2009, Barbara was honored w/ a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards at New York City’s Lincoln Center.
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