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Denise D’Ascenzo and I had the great privilege of attending a special luncheon today honoring Barbara Walters, the trailblazing journalist who “retired” this spring. The 84 year old has already come out of retirement for a big interview, and told us today she will again and again for special projects.

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Walters was the recipient of the Fred Friendly Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Quinnipiac University. Friendly was a president of CBS years before his death in 1998, and the First Amendment Award Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan is a great event thrown by Q.U. annually to honor some of our profession’s finest.

Denise wanted to attend the luncheon to personally thank Barbara for helping make her career possible. Back in the 1960s, Barbara was a pioneer who started off in a business dominated by men. She learned to make her own way from the “Today Show Girl” in…

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