WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA 9) - Broadcast legend Barbara Walters received the Excellence in Journalism Award by The American News Women's Club at the National Press Club, Friday, June 21, 2013.
Walters got a cheerful roast from colleagues including Ted Koppel, Sally Quinn, Howard Kurtz and Bob Shieffer of CBS Face the Nation. Norah O'Donnell, CBS "This Morning" anchor, served as Master of Ceremonies.
Her peers praised her on asking politicians and dignitaries the tough questions, competing to get the scoop and breaking barriers for women in broadcast news. Quinn mentioned the widespread admiration for Walters' "great legs." The crowd burst into laughter.
Ted Koppel said although Walters has announced her retirement next year, a real "retirement" remains to be seen. Walters' career spans over half a century after working behind the camera to being the first female to co-anchor the network evening news.
Walters approached the podium with humor saying "I never sweat on air." She quoted actress Katherine Hepburn on the challenges for women when balancing a demanding career and family.
Walters highlighted Hepburn's statement: "I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man...I've just done what I damn well wanted to and I made enough money to support myself. And I ain't afraid of being alone."
Over the decades, broadcast news and journalism have opened up more opportunities for professional women. Walters thanked the throngs of colleagues, supporters and admirers who came to the awards luncheon.
Written by: Elizabeth Jia
WUSA 9 & WUSA9.com
NOTE: Writer is a new member of the American News Women's Club.