From left: NBC News' Jack Lescoulie, Hugh Downs, and Barbara Walters report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 23, 1963.
From left: NBC News' Jack Lescoulie, Hugh Downs, and Barbara Walters report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 23, 1963.NBC/Getty Images
From left: NBC News' Jack Lescoulie, Hugh Downs, and Barbara Walters report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 23, 1963.
NBC's Barbara Walters takes a phone call at her desk in New York City, circa 1964.
From left: Gene Shalit, Joe Garagiola, Barbara Walters,and Frank McGee on NBC News.
Barbara Walters during an interview at the presidential inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson in Washington D.C., Jan. 20, 1965.
Barbara Walters on The Today Show in 1969.
From left: Senator Ted Kennedy and Barbara Walters during an interview at Kennedy's home in the 1970s.
From left: Co-anchor Barbara Walters interviews President Richard Nixon.
Today Show anchor Barbara Walters in 1972.
Barbara Walters interviews former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower
Barbara Walters, guest host on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, interviews Truman Capote, May 24, 1976.
Barbara Walters, Henry Kissinger, Walter Cronkite and John Chancellor after being awarded Hubert H. Humphrey Freedom Prize for their roles in Mideast peace talks in 1977.
The Dalai Lama is greeted by Barbara Walters and Richard Gere on a visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in 1992.
From left: Bill Clinton and Barbara Walters on May 1, 1992.
Barbara Walters poses for photographers at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium during the Emmy Award ceremonies, Sept. 18, 1993.
Fidel Castro speaks during an interview with Barbara Walters in the State Council in Havana, Cuba, Oct. 7, 2000.
ABC talk show host and newswoman Barbara Walters stands atop her newly unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar in Hollywood, June 14, 2007.
Barbara Walters' first nationally televised appearance, conducted via Skype, since her heart surgery, July 12, 2010.
News reporters Christiane Amanpour, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, and Diane Sawyer tape an interview at "Good Morning America" at the ABC Times Square Studios in New York City, Oct. 3, 2011.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with ABC News Anchor Barbara Walters for his first on-camera interview with an American journalist since the uprising in Syria began. The interview aired across ABC platforms on Dec. 7, 2011.
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama take part in a taping of the "The View" chat show at ABC's studios in New York, Sept. 24, 2012.
All 11 co-hosts of ABC's "The View," present and past, celebrated the show’s creator Barbara Walters on May 15, 2014.
From left: NBC News' Jack Lescoulie, Hugh Downs, and Barbara Walters report on the assassination of President John F. Ke
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Barbara Walters: A Career in Pictures

May 16, 2014

It's hard to imagine a world where Barbara Walters isn't on television. After all, this is a woman who entered the news business (as a segment producer on NBC’s Today Show) in 1962 and has been on the air longer than many of her fans have been alive.

But, as she announced nearly a year ago, the groundbreaking journalist will retire from the small screen today after hosting one last episode of The View.

To celebrate her 50 years in television, we've assembled a gallery of images from her long and storied career.

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