March 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM
MADISON, NJ - Barbara Walters, co-host of The View and a long-time television journalist and personality, will be the final speaker for this year’s Drew Forum.
As Drew’s 2014 Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lecturer, Walters will speak at the Simon Forum on Thursday, April 3 at 8 p.m. The event, Behind the Scenes with Barbara Walters, is already sold out, but a limited number of media representatives will be allowed to attend.
Besides giving her talk at the Simon Forum, Walters will also meet and talk with a group of Drew honor students, the Baldwin Scholars.
Walters began her career as the youngest producer with WNBC-TV Channel 4 in New York. She became a writer for CBS News before working as a writer and reporter for NBC’s Today Show. In 1963, she became a co-host of the program and in 1974 NBC officially designated her as the program’s first female co-host.
She was a part of the NBC News team that traveled to China to cover the visits of President Richard Nixon in 1972 and President Gerald Ford in 1975.
Walters joined ABC News, which was under the direction of Bob Delaney, in 1976 as the first woman to co-host the network news with Harry Reasoner. In September 2004, after 25 years as co-host and chief correspondent of ABC News’ 20/20, Walters left the show.
Walters has interviewed every American president since Richard Nixon.
Walters is a New York Times best-selling author for her 2008 memoir, Audition.