Celebrities, politicians, athletes and other public figures know they’ve made it when they sit down for an interview with Barbara Walters. When Walters’s career at the Today show began, the idea of a woman covering hard news was unheard of—she was only trusted with the weather and lighthearted assignments. Although it took some time for her co-workers to get used to the idea of a female journalist (host Frank McGee reportedly refused to do interviews with Walters unless he got to ask the first three questions), she was officially named the show’s first woman co-host ever, in 1974. That was just the start of an illustrious career as a television host: she hosted 20/20 for 20 years, served as an ABC Evening News anchor, as well as creating and co-hosting daytime talk show The View for the past 17 years. Though she’s recently retired from The View and ABC News, we know it’s never the end for Walters.
If you want to talk career longevity, take a look at Lesley Stahl, who has hosted CBS’s 60 Minutes for over 20 years, where she’s also a co-editor. Before taking over at 60 Minutes, she served as the network’s White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan and first Bush administrations. Her broadcasts have seen the revealing of important political moves—like Reagan’s selection of George H.W. Bush as his VP, or Al Gore’s decision not to seek the presidency again in 2004.