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Barbara Walters hospitalized after hitting her head

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The veteran American television reporter Barbara Walters has been hospitalized after falling and hitting her head, her employer ABC News said Sunday.

“Barbara Walters fell on a stair (Saturday) evening while visiting the British Ambassador’s residence and the fall left her with a cut on her forehead,” ABC News Senior Vice President Jeffrey Schneider said.

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“Out of an abundance of caution, she went to the hospital to have her cut tended to, have a full examination and remains there for observation,” he said in a statement.

“Barbara is alert — and telling everyone what to do — which we all take as a very positive sign.”

The 83-year-old reporter was the first American woman to co-host network news back in 1970s, breaking into a field long dominated by men.

She has interviewed scores of heads of state and other celebrities over the course of her decades-long career, which has been defined by high-profile interviews with major newsmakers.

She covered US president Richard Nixon’s landmark 1972 visit to China and in 1977 arranged the first-ever joint interview with Israeli leader Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat during the Camp David peace process.

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She held the first interview with Monica Lewinsky in 1999, the first sit-down with Al Gore after his narrow defeat in the 2000 election, and landed a rare hour-long primetime interview with Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

These days she is a co-host of the popular daytime talk show “The View,” but occasionally returns to her journalistic roots with high-profile interviews.

In December 2011 she landed a rare interview with embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in which he famously denied having ordered the killing of thousands of protesters.

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Buying stamps won’t stop Trump from destroying the postal system

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