Barbara Walters, a superstar and pioneer in TV news, dies

Barbara Walters
FILE - Barbara Walters arrives to participate in a panel discussion featuring the hosts of ABC's "The View," at The Paley Center for Media on April 9, 2008, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Barbara Walters, a pioneer as TV news’ first woman superstar, has died. She was 93.

That’s according to ABC News. Her cause of death was not immediately known.

Other details, such as where she died, were not immediately released.

Walters made headlines in 1976 as the first female network news anchor, with an unprecedented $1 million annual salary. During more than three decades at ABC, and before that at NBC, Walters’ exclusive interviews with the famous and powerful brought her celebrity status that ranked.

As a highly successful side venture, she created and appeared on a daytime ABC talk show, “The View,” until 2014

 

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