UPDATED: Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley and Edward R. Murrow helped shape TV news.
She also broke ground for women, which makes her a seminal figure in TV history and U.S. culture. She may be spoofed as Baba Wawa, who made her guests cry. Yet Walters gets the last laugh, and she knows it. She showed up on "Saturday Night Live" to mock herself.
Ultimately, she leaves a profound and lasting mark on TV news for excelling at both hard and pop-culture news.
She steps away from daily television this week. All the hosts of “The View,” past and present, join her at 11 a.m. Thursday. Walters exits the chatfest she created on Friday. The guests for Walters' last week at
She won acclaim and broke ground at
In one of the best-remembered interviews, Katharine Hepburn described herself as a tree. Walters followed that up by asking what kind of tree. Hepburn said she'd like to be an oak, and Walters never heard the end of the ribbing.