Oprah Winfrey Is Joining The ’60 Minutes’ News Team

We can never get enough of second-mother-in-our-heads, Oprah Gail Winfrey

In addition to running the OWN Network, being a Weight Watchers spokesperson and funding her South African school for girls, the media mogul and philanthropist will now join the team at 60 Minutes. 

It was announced this morning that Winfrey will be a “special contributor” to the CBS program that’s served as an expert in investigative broadcast journalism for almost 50 years. 

“There is only one Oprah Winfrey,” said Jeff Fager, 60 Minutes executive producer. “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.”

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During her 25 years on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she covered everything from the Ku Klux Klan and sexual assault, to alternative medicine and corrupt corporations. One of her most infamous shows created a national discussion about mad cow disease in 1996. 

“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 in a press statement. “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 different backgrounds.”

Oprah Winfrey will join 60 Minutes in Fall 2017. 


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