Barbara Walters has retired from television. Maybe you heard. A six-decade broadcast journalism and entertainment career that took her from news writer to news anchor to news maker wrapped May 16 with a star-studded tribute on “The View,” the daytime show she created and which will continue without her.
In her 84-year lifetime, she has interviewed practically every headliner that mattered, and many that didn’t. That has been the blessing and the bane of her career — too hard for some, too soft for others, just right for legions of her fans. But in her considerable prime, her interviews were both buzzy and significant, a tough act that many would love to follow.
We who grew up with Barbara Walters on TV and in the background know of the barriers she broke, the walls she toppled, the doors she opened and the changes she helped forge with her hard work, her tough mind (and hide) and her unflagging stick-to-ittiveness. Those of us who went through those doors after her are her legacy. We should do so well for those who come after us.
— The Courier-Journal, Louisville