Oprah Winfrey to Make Her ‘60 Minutes’ Debut Covering the Political Divide in America

CBS’ mainstay 60 Minutes is headed into its 50th year of production. It only seems fitting to debut their newest contributor on the anniversary of the program. Especially when that new contributor is the iconic media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Winfrey will make her official 60 Minutes debut on September 24 where, according to THR, she will be reporting on a story about America’s political divisions. “She wants to do stories with impact,” 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager said in a statement. “She’s driven by that and so are we. That’s part of why this is such a good fit for her.”

It is a major change for the program, but one that might prove to be in their favor ultimately, especially since some big names of the show’s past have now gone. It is very rare that a program like 60 Minutes to be granted the gift of absorbing such a huge industry feat like Winfrey.

In addition to being a boss of a businesswoman, Winfrey has 25 years as the host of her now defunct award-winning daytime talk show Oprah. She has also the founder, chairman, and CEO of Own: Oprah Winfrey Network, which was founded in 2011 in conjunction with Discovery Communications. And that’s only the beginning of Winfrey’s accomplishments in her notable career.

“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.”

The announcement of Winfrey joining the Sunday news magazine program first came at the top of the year.

At the time, Winfrey was quoted as saying, “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.”

Be sure to catch Winfrey’s 60 Minutes introduction on Sunday, September 24 at 7 PM.

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