Barbara Walters and Katie Couric

Life before and after becoming a journalist

Barbara Walters

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Early Life

- Born on September 25, 1929 in Boston

- Born to Dena Seletsky and Lou Walters.

- Had a sister who died in 1985 and a brother who died in 1932

-Lived in Massachusetts, Miami Beach, and New York City

-Graduated from Birch Wathen School in 1947

How Barbara became a Journalist

-She produced shows from 1953 to 1954

-She became a writer for The Morning Show in 1955

-In 1961 she was hired to research and write for The Today Show

-She got her big breakthrough when she got to travel with The First Lady.

-1964 became a co-host and earned the nickname "The Today Girl"

Highlights of her career

- She was the first female co-anchor of a network evening news program

- Traveled with President Nixon to China

-In 1975 won her first Daytime Emmy for best host in a talk series

-In 1988 Won the Overseas Press Club's highest award, The Presidents Award

-In 1990 was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame

-1991 earned the lifetime achievement award for her work in journalism.

-In 1999 interviewed Monica Lewinsky, an interview that became the highest rated news cast ever broadcast on a single network

-In 2000 she became the highest paid news host of all time earning about $12 million a year

-In 2013 Walters announced her retirement from television journalism.

What did she bring to journalism

Walters was often criticized for using "softball questions" and emotions to get ratings. However she gained a lot of popularity by asking questions everybody wanted to hear.

A word to describe Barbara

Relentless because shes was always in it to get the best stories and to get the truth. Also when women weren't as respected in journalism she paved the way and became one of the most respected journalists of all time.

Five questions that i would ask Barbara

  1. What inspired you to be a journalist?
  2. Was is your proudest achievement?
  3. Were you given any advice during your career that has stuck with you?
  4. Why do you think you were able to gain so much popularity in journalism?
  5. Do you have any regrets of things you did during your career?

Her Work

Article about Joan Rivers passing


"I can't remember a time when I didn't know Joan Rivers — as we had been friends for decades.

We met years ago at NBC and there may have even been a bit of competition between us in the beginning, but I loved being with her. She was wonderful company because it's rare when someone as public as Joan can be as open and honest about herself as she was.

I don't think she ever believed she was the star she wanted to be, but she was perennial and dependable. But make no mistake — she was a star. She was also a trailblazer who paved the way for female comics.

Her greatest success in life, I think, is her daughter Melissa, who is a wonderful woman. There was a closeness and a sweetness between them. Joan was a great mother, and we liked to talk about our children, who are the same age."

Oprah @ Barbara Walters Interview 2010 - Part 1

Katie Couric

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Quick facts

  • Full name Katherine Ann Couric
  • Born 07 January 1957
  • Born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 4 siblings
  • She has raised thousands of dollars to the foundation that supports the cancer awareness of colon cancer that claimed her husband when he was only 42

How she became a journalist

  • Katie started working as a desk assistant at ABC.
  • After she was offered a job at CNN to be a reporter for the next seven years.
  • Then was offered a job at NBC to become there white house corespondent.
  • Then she began to substitute for their regular anchor Deborah Norville there morning new show.
  • Soon after she replaced Deborah, "Today became one of the most watched tv shows watched.
  • Then after 15 years she was offered a job at CBS to become an anchor for the show Evening show with Katie Couric.
  • During that show she became the first woman to fly solo as an anchor for the evening news.
  • And now works for Yahoo as she interviews several people online

What she will be remembered for

Katie Couric is known and will be remembered for many things but the things everyone will remember her for is her ambition when it came to how she presented herself after her husband died. As she took care of her children as a single mom and raised money for the colon cancer foundation that fights for a cure for the disease that took her husbands life.

one word to describe her

The one word i would use to describe Katie is a pioneer because she is doing things women have never done or thought of doing before.

Bio of Katie Couric

Katherine Ann Couric was born on January 7th 1957 she was born to Elinor Tullie and father John Martin Couric, She was born in Arlington, Virginia. She went Yorktown high school from 1971 to 1975 and majored in English At the university of Virginia from 1975 to 1979. She had her first job at ABC as a desk assistant then was offered a job as a reporter at CNN. She then married her husband John Paul Monahan in 1988. Her career kicked off as she was getting job offers left and right she then became the first women in america to fly solo on an evening show. Katie gave birth to beautiful girls Ellie the oldest and Carrie the youngest. When girls were 21, and 16 they father died of colon cancer in 1998 witch devastated the girls and Katie as well. Soon after her husbands death she set out to raise thousands of dollars to raise awareness for the cancer that took her husband at 42 years of age. She was married to John Molner April of 2012 after two years of dating. After all the acheivments that Katie has accomplished she says the best one was being able to keep her spirit alive after her husband died she said she did it for the girls.

what she brings to journalism

Katie brings honesty and elegance to journalism as well as professionalism. She is highly criticized for her views on the democratic genre. But people admire her honesty and spunk on certain topics.

Highlights of her career

  • Becoming the first women to fly solo on an evening talk show in America
  • Crashing the republicans chance at winning the election for president in 2009
  • Being an influential women to all women

some of her views

  • She felt everyone should have equal rights when it comes to who can be a journalist or not
  • Her political views on journalism are small but are considered by many
  • She felt very strong about journalism being a way for other people to have a voice

Five questions for Katie

  1. What inspired you to become a journalist
  2. How did you cope with your husbands death during your career
  3. Do you regret leaving ABC
  4. Was your first high school job really serving ice cream
  5. What would you change about journalism and its political views if you could