Lee Jordan's exclusive interview with Barbara Walters as broadcast legend wraps 50-year career

NEW YORK - She's been on television for almost as long as there has been television. Barbara Walters blazed a trail for women, changed the way interviews were done and became as big a name as many of her interview subjects.

Watch part two of Lee Jordan's interview with Barbara Walters on NewsChannel5 at 11 p.m.

Barbara caught everyone's attention as a writer and contributor to the Today Show in the 1960s, and broke another barrier when she became the first woman co-host for the Today Show in 1974.

It was among a string of "firsts" and only the beginning of a career marked by revealing interviews with celebrities, politicians and other news makers. Some of her interviews were historic. Barbara talked to Fidel Castro twice. She also got Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to sit down together at a very turbulent time.

Viewers got to know Barbara a little better during her 14 years on The View. We've seen her self-deprecating humor, a keen interest in a wide range of subjects, all delivered with a quick wit and appreciation for the lively friendships she has with the women who sit at the Hot Topics table.

I traveled to New York a few weeks ago to talk to Barbara about her amazing life, her own struggles and how she overcame them, and how she plans to enjoy the next chapter of her life — one that will give her a lot more time to enjoy the view!

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