An American journalist and news presenter, who broke new ground as the first female US news anchor. Barbara Walters joined NBC Today as a writer in 1961. She soon became a regular news reporter for the show, and was eventually made co-host in 1974. She switched to ABC in 1976 to become co-anchor of its evening news programme. In 1997, she created ABC chat show The View, co-hosting it for the next 17 years until her retirement. She conducted many high-profile interviews over the years, including every US president and first lady since Richard and Pat Nixon, as well as other world leaders Margaret Thatcher, Fidel Castro, Anwar Sadat and Vladimir Putin, and celebrities Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, David Beckham, Truman Capote and Judy Garland, among many others. She won three Daytime Emmys, in 1975, 2003 and 2009, and was nominated 15 more times.