ABC News’ Anchors, Correspondents Reveal How Barbara Walters Inspired Them

By Alexa Valiente

May 16, 2014 2:23pm

In a tribute to their colleague’s final appearance on “The View” and her historic career, ABC News’ anchors and correspondents shared their fondest memories and gratitude to ABC News’ Barbara Walters.

Walters stepped down on Friday as co-host of “The View,” a daytime talk show program she created, although she will continue to serve as an executive producer of the program.

Watch the ABC News special, “Barbara Walters: Her Story,” highlighting her life and career HERE.

Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Robin Roberts and Martha Raddatz thanked Walters for her accomplishments and helping pave the way for their own careers.

“Barbara, I’ll never ever forget the day I picked up the phone, and you were on the other line and calling, inviting me to come over and think about joining ’20/20,’” Deborah Roberts said. “It has been the dream of a lifetime.”

Others told their favorite stories of their time with the broadcasting legend and how she inspired them. “When I first started in this business, there were very few Latinos in network news, but there was Barbara Walters,” John Quinones said. “Little did she know that she was inspiring this kid from San Antonio, Texas.”

“And we’re going to miss her a lot,” David Muir said. “But we know she’s not going far.”

“Congratulations Miss Walters, well done,” said Juju Chang.

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