signs on with '60 Minutes' as a special contributor beginning in fall
1, 2017) Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will become a special
contributor to CBS' "60 Minutes" news magazine, executive producer Jeff Fager announced in a statement. Winfrey will make her first appearance
on CBS News' legendary Sunday night broadcast this fall.
"There is only one Oprah Winfrey," Fager said. "She has achieved
excellence in everything she has touched. Her body of work is
extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all
walks of life. She is a remarkable and talented woman with a level of
integrity that sets her apart and makes her a perfect fit for ‘60
Minutes.' I am thrilled that she will be bringing her unique and
powerful voice to our broadcast."
Winfrey said that she's been a "big admirer" of "60 Minutes" since her
days as a young reporter.
"I'm so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news
program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic
storytelling," Winfrey said. "At a time when people are so divided, my
intention is to bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at what
separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from
Watch Oprah's first 60 Minutes interview from 1986
Winfrey has established during her storied career an enduring connection
with the American people. For 25 years, Winfrey was host of her
award-winning talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which was the
highest-rated television program of its kind in history.
While hosting and appearing on the No. 1 syndicated show, Winfrey
founded her own production company, Harpo Productions. Under her
leadership, Harpo developed many successful syndicated programs,
including "Dr. Phil," "The Dr. Oz Show," and "Rachael Ray," among many
others, plus motion pictures under her Harpo Films banner. Those films
include the recent award-winning "Selma" in which she also had a
In 1985, Winfrey co-starred in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple,"
where she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting
Actress. She earned critical acclaim in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and
will appear in the upcoming HBO movie "The Immortal Life of Henrietta
Lacks" and the feature film adaptation of "A Wrinkle in Time" from
In 2011, in partnership with Discovery Communications, Winfrey founded
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and serves as its chairman and CEO. OWN has
become one of the fastest growing cable networks for women, achieving
its highest rated and most watched year in network history in 2016.
Winfrey founded O, The Oprah Magazine, which FORTUNE magazine declared
the most successful start-up in that industry's history and recently
debuted her first cookbook memoir, Food, Health and Happiness, which
reached #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List. She joined the
Weight Watchers board of directors in 2015.
Winfrey is also one of the most active philanthropists in the world,
donating more than $20 million to the creation of the Smithsonian's
National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Oprah
Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa will celebrate its
10th anniversary this year, of which she has contributed more than $100
million to provide education to academically gifted girls from
In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by
President Barack Obama, the nation's highest civilian honor.
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