‘Trailblazer’: The world mourns Barbara Walters

NEW YORK — The death of TV news pioneer and “The View” creator Barbara Walters has sparked reactions from around the world. She died Friday at her home in New York at the age of 93. She pioneered as a daring interviewer, presenter, and show host, becoming the first woman to become a TV news superstar.

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“I wouldn’t be me if it wasn’t for Barbara Walters—nor would any other woman you see on the evening, morning, and daily news. He was truly a Pioneer, she. I always made my first TV auditions with him in mind. I am grateful for being such a powerful and gracious role model. I am grateful to have known him. I am grateful to follow in His Light.” — Oprah Winfrey, television icon

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Barbara was a true legend, a pioneer not only for women in journalism, but for journalism itself. He was a one-of-a-kind reporter who did many of the most important interviews of our time, from heads of state to the biggest celebrities and sports icons. I’ve enjoyed calling Barbara my colleague for over thirty years, but more importantly, I’ve been able to call her a dear friend. We will all miss her at The Walt Disney Company and send our deepest condolences to her daughter Jacqueline.” – Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company

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“I owe Barbara Walters more than I can repay. Rest in peace sister…mom…friend…colleague…mentor.” — Star Jones, original co-host of “The View”

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“The legend. The draft. The best. Rest in peace Barbara Walters.” — Tamron Hall, broadcast reporter and television host

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“The world of journalism has lost one of its foundations of professionalism, courage and honesty. Barbara Walters was a pioneer and a true professional. She worked, thought, and outperformed her competitors. For this she left the world for the better. She will be deeply missed. rest in peace.” – Dan Rather, former CBS announcer

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“Barbara Walters never hesitated when questioning the most powerful people in the world. She blamed them. He cared about the truth, and he cared about us too. Fortunately, she inspired many other journalists to be equally relentless. Thanks to him, we are all better off.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Hall of Fame

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“Pioneer TV news broadcaster Barbara Walters is dead. A true pioneer, she was the first female evening news anchor. And I was privileged to know him. When he interviewed me, it was clear he was doing his homework. He was always prepared. May he rest in power.” — Billie Jean King, tennis champion

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“We often use the words icon, legend, groundbreaking – but Barbara Walters was all that. And maybe, above all, Barbara Walters was brave. She paved the way for so many – we learned from her – and we stay here. I admire her to this day. .RIP, Barbara.” — David Muir, host of “ABC World News Tonight”

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“Barbara Walters will always be known as a pioneer. Her hard questions and his hospitable demeanor made him a well-known name and leader in American journalism. His creation of ‘The View’ is something I will always appreciate. Rest in peace, you will forever be an icon.” — Meghan McCain, former co-host of “The View”

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