The Inauguration festivities occurred this past weekend, which led to President Obama’s Inauguration address on Monday. As with most parties, something happens that causes some form of excitement to occur, though not always being positive. That is exactly what happened Saturday evening to one veteran newswoman as she became the focal point of a news story.
ABC’s longtime news personality, Barbara Walters had to be taken to the hospital after she fell and suffered a cut to her forehead.
Most people would consider Saturday evening’s to be the perfect time to have a party. Many people do not have to work on a Sunday, so anyone going to a party can stay late without worrying about getting up early the next day and go to work.
This past Saturday evening saw another party happening in the form of the Inauguration festivities leading up to President Obama’s speech on Monday. One characteristic of a party is that usually, something transpires that makes the evening memorable. That is exactly what happened Saturday evening during a pre-inauguration party at the residence of British Ambassador Peter Westmacott.
According to the New York Daily News, ABC’s Barbara Walters was at the party when she fell down a flight of stairs. The 83-year-old newswoman suffered a cut to her forehead and ended up being taken to a Washington D.C. hospital.
Network officials said she was taken there out of an abundance of caution. ABC News Senior Vice President Jeffrey Schneider said, “Barbara is alert and telling everyone what to do, which we all take as a very positive sign.” He also added that she underwent a full examination, was treated for her injuries and is remaining in the hospital under observation.
Unfortunately for Walters, she had been scheduled to be a part of ABC’s news coverage of President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration, who is set to make a speech during the formal ceremonies on Monday.
Walters made history in 1976 when she became the first female network anchor to earn a $1 million salary. She went on to be vibrant for more than 30 years in the news business and continues to do so.
In 1997, she created the show called “The View” that continues to be a success along with her annual special “The 10 Most Fascinating People.” Walters also was a correspondent for ABC’s news magazine show “20/20” for two decades and makes an appearance on the show occasionally.
Walters underwent successful heart surgery in May of 2010 and returned to “The View” in September of the same year where she said that she was “fine.”