With 50 years of journalism under her belt, TV news legend Barbara Walters presumably knows everything there is to know about the business. And now she’s sharing her infinite wisdom with the world with an appearance on the OWN network empowerment series, “Oprah’s Master Class.”
On Friday, June 27, TV Guide posted an exclusive sneak preview video of Walters’s upcoming appearance on “Master Class,” and the clip shows the television news veteran sharing a key piece of advice for anyone who wants to follow in her footsteps as a journalist.
“The most important thing a journalist or interviewer can do is to listen,” Walters said in the exclusive clip. “Too often we write questions down and no matter what, we go onto our second question and our third question because that’s the way we’ve written them. We shouldn’t. The first question gets asked and the second question should be, why? How come? Tell me more. … If you don’t listen you’re not a journalist.”
Walter’s advice could actually be used in any life situation – who doesn’t appreciate a good listener, after all? But her life lessons don’t stop there. The Wrap posted a separate preview clip of the upcoming OWN show, which shows Walters talking about her difficulties proving herself as a hard news reporter in the early days of her career.
“The so called hard news, a woman wouldn’t do it,” Walters said in the “Master Class” interview. “She couldn’t go into the war zones; she couldn’t ask the tough questions. The fact that I did ask the tough questions was something that was very controversial. On the other hand I got the reputation of being a pushy cookie.”
The 12-time Emmy winner will also dish on her troubled childhood and her iconic career, including her big break as the first female “Today” co-anchor, her impressive lineup of interviews with political figures and celebrities, and her recent retirement from her flagship daytime television talk show, “The View” after 17 years as showrunner.
Speaking of her May 16 retirement from “The View,” Walters already made a comeback to the show she created. On Friday she returned to the fold – this time as a guest — to promote her “20/20” interview with filmmaker Peter Rodger, the father of 22-year-old Santa Barbara shooting suspect Elliot Rodger.
You can see Barbara Walters on “Oprah’s Master Class” on Sunday, June 29 at 10:00 p.m. on OWN.