ABC’s Barbara Walters will receive the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the News and Documentary Emmys on Sept. 21 in New York.
Barbara Walters, ABC News correspondent and creator and co-host of ABC’s The View, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) at the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The award will be presented on Sept. 21 in New York.
“NATAS is delighted to honor this very special woman,” said Frank Radice, president of the Academy. “Barbara’s career is a remarkable one with few in broadcast journalism coming close to matching it. Many years ago I worked as a field producer with Barbara at ABC News and I never saw anyone work as hard. She was, and continues to be, an inspiration.”
Bill Small, chairman of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, cited her long and distinguished service at ABC, and before that at NBC. “Barbara is one of a kind,” he said, “a prime example of what journalists can achieve in television news. She remains one of the medium’s great interviewers and also an inspiration to women who, as a result of Barbara’s pioneering role, now work in every phase of broadcast journalism. When Barbara began her career few women could expect to get ahead in news, but she did, with skill, intelligence and perseverance.”
Walters first received national attention during her 15 years on NBC’s Today Show. In 1976 she joined ABC News, becoming the first woman to co-host the network news. For 25 years she served as co-host and chief correspondent of ABC News’ 20/20, and has hosted numerous primetime specials, as well as the top-rated Barbara Walters Specials.
Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award for News & Documentary include Roone Arledge of ABC, Don Hewitt and the correspondents of 60 Minutes, Tom Brokaw, Sheila Nevins of HBO, Bill Moyers, Ted Koppel, Ken Burns, Tim Russert and Bob Schieffer.