Today, we’re gonna find out more about Barbara Walters, Lesley Stahl and Connie Chung, the women who reported on the Watergate Scandal for the national news networks. Their very appearances advanced opportunities for women into TV and all forms of journalism. Why is this important?
Because this 2-year long scandal (1972-4) started small and grew to be large. By the time the nation understood the significance of the crime, it had gone from being a newspaper story to one very much made for TV coverage. TV news changed and the faces of TV news changed. Without Watergate, it’s hard to know where women would be in the TV news industry today.