Broadcaster, producer, actress, philanthropist and cable network owner Oprah Winfrey is making room in her busy schedule for another job title: special contributor to CBS News’ long-running “60 Minutes.”
Jeff Fager, who executive produces the newsmagazine, announced the hire today, with Winfrey scheduled to make her first appearance on the show this fall.
“There is only one Oprah Winfrey,” said Fager. “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 added: “I’ve been a big admirer of ’60 Minutes’ since my 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. 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.”
Winfrey founded the cable network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in partnership with Discovery Communications in 2011, and serves as the channel’s chairman and CEO. The channel had its highest rated and most watched year in its history in 2016.