Journalist and television personality Barbara Walters has passed.
By the time I was aware of who was on TV, Barbara Walters was already an institution. What I didn't really appreciate til college was what a pioneer Walters was. There were other women in the newsfield, certainly, but Walters had become a national figure, hosting the national news and then becoming the person who had the most important interviews on television (that used to be a thing that was part of journalism before Oprah made soft-ball interviews her bag).
Through countless stories delivered, interviews, and - of course - establishing the TV hot topics program The View (back before the show was about talking about the show itself, it was intended to discuss current events) - Walters brought the world to people's living rooms for decades.