Barbara Walters Announces Retirement & Tells More Women To Be Media Pioneers


This morning, veteran TV journalist and host Barbara Walters announced her retirement on her ABC morning show ‘The View’. She will stay on the air for another year and officially hang up her boots next summer, 2014.

She did say she will be on the show from time to time, and that she will still be involved as Co-Executive producer of The View with co-creator Bill Getty. But she no longer wants to be in front of the camera or “climb any more mountains” as she cleverly put it. Well, after 50 continuous years on Television in the United States with an impressive list of credits, what else is there to achieve except an enjoyable retirement?

Walters hosted and reported on ABC’s news magazine program, “20/20” for 25 years. She has also hosted her own Academy Awards special on ABC regularly, every Christmas hosted her ‘Most Fascinating People’ TV special and has been on the view for 17 years! She does stress that her retirement has nothing to do with any health problems, in case you were wondering.


She presented a video montage on The View this morning which showed in a nutshell some of her amazing journalistic achievements. Walters kicked off her career in 1961 as a writer and reporter for the Today show on NBC and stayed with them for 15 years.

“No one was more surprised than I because I wasn’t beautiful like any of the other women on the program before me…but during that time I was able to change the category for the women on that program, [from] ‘Today Girls’ to the new title of ‘Co-Host. I’m very proud of that.” Yes, you are a media pioneer indeed Babs!

She started with ABC in 1976 and has never looked back. She was the first female anchor on an evening network news program. Goes to show it does not matter what you look like, it’s what you set your mind to. And by the way Barbara, we think you are beautiful!


She says in the video she is proud to be considered a ground breaker for women in television. She has interviewed Margaret Thatcher, the Dalai Lama, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Better Davis as well as every United States President and the First Lady from Richard Nixon, to Michelle and Barack Obama.

But the most famous interview she is know for is her exclusive sit-down with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky who notoriously had an affair with President Bill Clinton. And to this day it is still the most watched television interview ever. That is not only a testament to an exclusive subject matter, but to Barbara’s interview and journalistic skills. She has forged a path for women journalists everywhere to believe in themselves and acknowledge we do have something great to offer the world that men don’t necessarily possess.


Barbara talks of the nest phase of her life in a nostalgic and poignant way: “I hope to spend my retirement years in a sunny field, admiring the many gifted women who will be taking my place…I hope I may also have inspired other women to make television in front or behind the camera…it’s their time now. ”

Well ladies in television, you heard it from the woman herself. It’s now your time to go out there and start paving new paths, forging new ground and being the absolute best representative for your gender and your talents. If Barbara Walters can be a pioneer in an industry and a time when women were considered second rate and go on to out live her many male co-hosts on their careers, then what can you do? How will her career inspire you?


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