She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in English. 
“For Castro, freedom starts with education. And if literacy alone were the yardstick, Cuba would rank as one of the freest nations on Earth. The literacy rate is 96 percent.”
— Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20, October 11, 2002.
She has interviewed many World leaders and TV and Film Celebrities over the years and received awards for journalism, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2000.