American journalist Barbara Walters, the first female news anchor in the United States, has died at the age of 93, her longtime employer told ABC Friday.
This legend of the American audiovisual landscape said goodbye in 2014 with “see you soon” in French after more than 50 years on television. She was then 84 years old.
The American network did not give a cause of death or specify where Barbara Walters died.
Prior to this, Barbara Walters has interviewed every American president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, foreign leaders such as Saddam Hussein, Anuar el-Sadat and Fidel Castro, the Dalai Lama and other celebrities such as Bette Davis and Angelina Jolie.
She herself became a celebrity in the world of American news, especially in the daily show The View, which she created in 1997 on ABC.
The channel added that the journalist has won 12 Emmy awards, all but one on ABC.
When she left in 2014, she said she was happy to be a pioneer in a profession that had long been reserved for men. Hillary Clinton came to pay her respects, as did television presenter and producer Oprah Winfrey and about twenty female television journalists.
In 1976, she was the first woman to present the ABC Evening News, earning a then-unprecedented salary of $1 million a year.
Two years earlier, she was the co-host of the morning program on NBC. But it was a “failure,” Barbara Walters recalled 40 years later. “My male co-host didn’t want a partner (female) and neither did the audience.”
She then imposed herself with her unique interview style, from Vladimir Putin to Michael Jackson through Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi.
Her greatest pride was that she contributed to the emergence of female journalists on television. “If I helped with it in any way, it’s my legacy,” she said in 2014.