Yes, Barbara Walters Is Still Alive — Here’s What She’s Doing Now

When it comes to journalism there are few individuals who have a career as iconic as Barbara Walters.

Over the past few decades, the world has gotten to know the poised and ambitious journalist through her work and impressive hosting abilities. Walters was well-known for her drive and abilities to lockdown exclusive first interviews with some of the most high-profile cases in the nation.

A few years back Walters made the decision to retire, but many of her loyal fans and followers have been wondering how the broadcasting star has been doing.

Take a look back at the legendary television journalists’ journey and find out what she has been up to more recently.  

Barbara Walters’ upbringing

Barbara Walters
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A Boston native, according to Biography, Walters was born in Massachusetts in 1929. Though she once had siblings, both her brother and sister died at a young age. Growing up Walters’ father worked in the nightclub and event business which is ultimately what led him to moving his family to Miami Beach, Florida.

After high school Walters began studying English at Sarah Lawrence College where she graduated from in 953. Walters worked as a publicity director assistant for Tex McCrary, a republican activist, before she began writing content for CBS network’s Morning Show

Barbara Walters’ rise to fame

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According to Distractify, Walters’ career and reputation took off when she began working for NBC’s Today. Walters traveled to India and Pakistan with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Walters spent over a decade on Today as the country fell in love with her and Walter’s casual yet tactful interviewing skills. 

In 1975 Walters was awarded a Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award, and it became clear she didn’t plan on going anywhere any time soon. Walters began working for ABC and soon started appearing on 20/20. The beloved journalist became such a staple on the program and many people jokingly wondered if Walters would have any special contributions when it came time to ring in the next decade.

However, on a more serious note, Walters’ iconic work had many positive influences on television broadcasting and reporting. The journalist is often praised for her role in the popular and well-loved show The View.

Walters created the talk show back in 1997, and the show has been a sensational hit ever since. After many, many, many monumental interviews, Walters announced her retirement in 2013 and made it official just one year later. Though her fans and followers understood Walters’ decision to retire, many of them have been wondering what the star has been up to as of late. 

What is Barbara Walters currently doing?  

When Walters first entered retirement she shared with the Los Angeles Times, “I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain. I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women — and OK, some men too — who will be taking my place.” 

Since Walters’ hiatus from the public eye there has been a lot of concern and speculation surrounding the former journalists’ life. Unfortunately, a few years into Walters’ retirement, it became clear that her health was declining. Walters’ dementia and mental state have driven her friends, family, and caregivers to drastic precautions. Sources close to Walters have revealed that she is shielded from the current news and times.

Though many of Walters’ fans and followers would love to see her on-screen one last time, the chances seem incredibly unlikely. Hopefully, Walters is able to enjoy the rest of her retirement. After all, with a career as remarkable and successful as hers, it is safe to say she definitely deserves it.