According to ABC News on Monday, Barbara Walters, 84, was honored in a special ceremony. The ABC News building, located at 47 West 66th Street in New York City was named “The Barbara Walters Building” in her honor. Walters will have a permanent place at ABC News Headquarters, and her name is on the building to prove it.
By her side during the ceremony were several ABC News anchors, including Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, correspondents and production staff, as well as ABC News President James Goldston, Disney-ABC News television group co-presidents Ben Sherwood and Anne Sweeney, and The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger.
Walters responded to the honor by saying, “I am so truly touched by this. I want to make something very clear, that each and every one of you from the desk assistants to the producers to the correspondents and anchors, each of you who walk through these doors every day, yeah, my name is going to be this building, but the building belongs to you.”
During her remarks, Walters also said that often people asked her what her legacy is. The woman who has had a history-making career in broadcast journalism said her legacy is not the interviews she has had with presidents or heads of state or with celebrities. According to Walters, her legacy she wants people to remember is that she has played a small role in paving the way for so many fabulous women in the media.
Walters was the first woman to co-anchor network morning and evening broadcasts. Walters began with ABC in 1976. Since then she has interviewed dictators, pop culture icons and every president and first lady since Richard Nixon.
The building naming ceremony is just one of many celebrations of Walters’ award-winning 50-year career. For being the trailblazer in broadcast journalism, Walters will continue to be honored this week. On Thursday all co-hosts, past and present, will appear with Walters on "The View." Her final appearance as a co-host on the “The View” will air Friday. On Friday night, ABC will air a two-hour special highlighting her life and career called "Barbara Walters: Her Story" starting at 9 p.m.
For fans of Walters, know that she will continue to be the executive producer of “The View,” and will remain a lifelong member of ABC News, contributing reports as news warrants. After Walters leaves "The View" more than likely we will still see her from time to time.