ABC, United States.
Following two years as a newscaster on the ABC Evening News, Walters moved to co-host the weekly ABC newsmagazine “20/20” and star in her own “Barbara Walters’ Specials.” Her most renowned interviews included the first joint television appearance of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in 1977 and an hour long conversation with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Walters has also interviewed every American president and first lady since Richard Nixon.
Today, Walters continues her one-on-one interviews for her television specials and is co-owner, co-executive producer and co-host of “The View” which premiered on ABC in 1997. Her exclusive interviews with world figures have made her one of the most acclaimed and influential journalists in television today.
Barbara Walters is the first IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the United States. Awardees after Walters include: Nan Robertson (1993), Katharine Graham (1994), Helen Thomas (1995), Meg Greenfield (1996), Nancy Woodhull (1997), Bonnie Angelo (1998), Peggy Peterman (1999), Flora Lewis (2000), Colleen “Koky” Dishon (2001), Mary McGrory(2002), Belva Davis (2004), Molly Ivins (2005) and Edith Lederer (2008).Read also:
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Flora Lewis, United States | 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award
Peggy Peterman, United States | 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award
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