March 30, 2001, Newsletter Issue #8: TV-tips Newsletter, Issue : Talk Shows

Tip of the Week

The View, debuted on August 11, 1997. The show airs Monday through Friday from New York City. The women discuss relevant, everyday issues about which they share their opinions, they also feature guests. The show features Barbara Walters (who only appears on the show about twice a week), moderator Meredith Vieira , Star Jones, Joy Behar and Lisa Ling.

Lisa Ling was born August 30, 1973, in Sacramento and raised in Carmichael, California. From the age of 16, she has been involved in journalism. She was one of the hosts of a nationally syndicated magazine show for teens called Scratch. She then moved on to Channel One News.

Joy Behar received an M.A. in English education from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook. She originally began a career in teaching. She then set out to pursue comedy professionally. On television, she starred in her own HBO special and was a regular on the series, Baby Boom. She hosted a popular call-in radio show on WABC for three years. She has also appeared in several films. In theater, Ms. Behar had a successful run in the off-Broadway hit, The Food Chain, where she earned rave reviews in the starring role; and she recently completed a successful run in The Vagina Monologues. Her first book, titled Joy Shtick: or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?, is currently available in paperback.

Barbara Walters` is co-owner, co-executive producer of The View. She was born in Boston, Mass., the daughter of famed entertainment impresario, Lou Walters. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has one daughter. Early in her career, she was a writer for CBS News and before that, she was the youngest producer with NBC-TV`s New York station. She appeared on NBC`s Today show for 15 years. She began on the Today show as a writer, and within a year became a reporter-at-large, developing, writing and editing her own reports and interviews. In 1974, NBC officially designated her as the program`s first female co-host. In addition to her responsibilities on the Today show, she hosted her own highly popular syndicated series, Not for Women Only, for five years and contributed on a regular basis to the NBC Radio Network. Ms. Walters joined ABC News in 1976 as the first woman to co-host the network news. In 1984, she joined Hugh Downs as host of the ABC newsmagazine, 20/20. In September 1999 Ms. Walters became the sole anchor of 20/20, currently in its 22nd season on the network.

Star Jones was born in Badin, North Carolina, and raised both there and in Trenton, New Jersey, Jones earned a B.A. at American University, got her law degree at the University of Houston, passed the New York Bar, and went straight to the Brooklyn District Attorney`s office. After three years in general trials, Ms. Jones moved to the Homicide Bureau, where her work earned her a promotion to Senior Assistant District Attorney in 1991. Ms. Jones debuted on television in 1991 when she started moonlighting as a studio commentator for Court TV during the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. A few months later she became the NBC legal correspondent for Today and Nightly News, covering the latest developments in the Mike Tyson rape case and the Rodney King police brutality trial. That led to her own syndicated show, Jones & Jury. In 1995, Ms. Jones was named a senior correspondent and chief legal analyst for Inside Edition and assigned the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. Her first book was published in 1998. You Have to Stand for Something, or You`ll Fall for Anything (Bantam), was a best-seller. In 1999, Ms. Jones became the spokesperson for "Salon Z" of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Meredith Vieira was born in Providence, Rhode Island, Ms. Vieira received a bachelor of arts degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She and her husband, journalist Richard Cohen, and their three children live in New York. She began her career as a news announcer for WORC-Radio in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1975. Since then she has had a long and varied career as a journalist. In 1995, she garnered her sixth Emmy Award for her report, "Inside the Hate Conspiracy: America`s Terrorists." Previously, she had spent more than a decade at CBS News, where she earned five Emmy Awards for her work as a correspondent on the top-ranking news magazines, 60 Minutes and West 57th.

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