ABC news anchor Barbara Walters will be retiring in 2014, multiple news outlets are reporting. The broadcast journalist has been on air for 52 years and has one of the most recognizable faces in the world.
Deadline, who reported on Walters supposed retire, did not say whether she would be going off air completely or make exceptions for special interviews and appearances. It’s not surprising to most that she’ll be stepping down considering she recently had open heart surgery and a bad bout with chicken pox.
Walters has interviewed a rather large number of people during her five-decade long career. The following interviews are among her best:
1. She interviewed the Shah of Iran in 1977 in his own home, asking him questions about oil and weapons.
2. Walters asked Lybian leader Muammar Gaddafi about his views on America in 1989.
3. In 1997, Walters interviewed the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, after the tragic death of Princess Diana. He spoke in detail about the role the paparazzi played in his life.
4. In 1999, the journalist interviewed an emotional White House intern Monica Lewinsky after she was caught having an affair with President Bill Clinton.
5. She was compassionate and probing with recently deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in 2007, after he called former President George W. Bush “the devil.”
6. Many Americans were infuriated when the veteran journalist chose the Kardashians to be among her top 10 most interesting people.
7. Walters even sat down with the queen of talk, Oprah Winfrey, where the infamous talk show host cried while opening up to the veteran journalist.
8. In 2011, she interviewed with President Barack Obama and asked him, "If you were a superhero and you could have one super power, what would it be?" She also asked Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she was.
9. In 2011, Bernie Madoff set down for a one-on-one interview with Walters after he had been arrested for his ponzi scheme. He told the journalist he was "happier" behind bars.