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US news anchor Barbara Walters passes away at age 93

US news anchor Barbara Walters passes away at age 93

After a career spanning 50 years, pioneering US TV presenter Barbara Walters passed away at the age of 93.

When she joined ABC News in 1976, she made history as the country’s first female network news anchor.

Walters, who was born in Boston in 1929 at the start of the Great Depression, received 12 Emmy nominations.

She conducted interviews with everyone, including every US president from Richard Nixon through Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Barbara Walters passed away quietly on Friday night with her loved ones by her side, according to a statement from publicist Cindi Berger.

The daughter of a show business booking agent started her journalism career in 1961 with NBC, where she rose to the position of segment producer for women’s interest stories.

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She worked her way up through the male-dominated industry, becoming the first female co-host of a US news show on NBC’s morning Today Show in 1974.

Her record-breaking $1 million pay helped her become a media sensation when she once more broke the glass ceiling by becoming the first female network news anchor on ABC’s nightly bulletin.

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