Journalists, celebrities pay tribute to Barbara Walters: A “pioneer and a real pro”

Tributes were paid Friday to groundbreaking TV journalist Barbara Walters following his death at the age of 93.

Walters’ illustrious career as a journalist spanned more than seven decades, and his interviews with world leaders and celebrities were iconic.

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather tweeted Friday that Walters was a “trailblazer and a true pro” who “worked harder, smarter and pushed harder than her competitors. She left the world a better place for it. She will be deeply missed.”

Oprah Winfrey wrote that “without Barbara Walters, there wouldn’t have been me – or any other woman you see on the evening, morning, and daytime news”.

“ABC World News Tonight” anchor David Muir wrote that “so often we throw in the words icon, legend, pioneer – but Barbara Walters was all of those.”

Monica Lewinsky, whom Walters interviewed following the scandal that led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1998, said she had known Walters “for more than half” of her life.

“She was the very first person I had a TV interview with…and will definitely be my most memorable,” Lewinsky tweeted.

“Good Morning America” ​​anchor Robin Roberts wrote that she was “eternally grateful for ‘Walter’s stellar example’ and for his friendship.”

“When she interviewed me, it was clear she had done her homework,” tweeted tennis and women’s rights icon Billie Jean King. “She was always ready.”

Longtime journalist Katie Couric called Walters “the OG of female broadcasters. She was just as comfortable interviewing world leaders as she was an Oscar winner and she had to fight like hell to every interview.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote that Walters “broke the glass ceiling for so many women and girls. I knew Barbara – she always wanted to get the truth.”

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