After the death of legendary journalist and Disney Legend Barbara Walters, Our Barbara: A Special Edition of 20/20 will be airing on ABC on January 1, 2023, at 8:00 PM EST. This will be a two-hour special that will honor the longtime ABC News journalist that interviewed the most interesting people in the world. She was also a trailblazer for women in an industry predominantly full of men.
The following description was released by ABC News about the program:
“Our Barbara: A Special Edition of 20/20,” a two-hour primetime special, honors trailblazer and longtime ABC News journalist Barbara Walters, told by her colleagues, those who knew her best and in the iconic newswoman’s own words. The special will feature Walters’ most groundbreaking and iconic interviews, never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage of Walters, and interviews with Bob Iger, David Muir, Diane Sawyer, Deborah Roberts, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, among others. ABC News will profile Walters’ prolific life and legacy, including making history as the first woman to co-anchor network morning and evening newscasts and paving the way for women in broadcast journalism. Walters joined ABC News in 1976, where she was the “20/20” co-host and chief correspondent for 25 years and created “The View” as a co-host in 1997. Walters has received national recognition for her influential body of work and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards. “Our Barbara: A Special Edition of 20/20” airs Sunday, Jan. 1, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC, next day on Hulu.
Barbara Walters’ career spanned multiple decades. She interviewed entertainers, generals, presidents, and many others. Below is a look at some of the people she interviewed through the years.
Barbara Walters passed away at the age of 93 on December 20, 2022. “Barbara was a true legend, a pioneer not just for women in journalism but for journalism itself,” said Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “She was a one-of-a-kind reporter who landed many of the most important interviews of our time, from heads of state to the biggest celebrities and sports icons. I had the pleasure of calling Barbara a colleague for more than three decades, but more importantly, I was able to call her a dear friend. She will be missed by all of us at The Walt Disney Company, and we send our deepest condolences to her daughter, Jacqueline.”
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