Empowered Woman | Oprah Winfrey Lands New Gig as Special Contributor to ’60 Minutes’
Oprah Winfrey is adding another big accomplishment to her already legendary television resume.
The 63-year-old media mogul will become a special contributor to CBS News’ 60 Minutes, the beloved program’s executive producer, Jeff Fager, announced on Tuesday. Winfrey will make her first appearance on the Sunday night broadcast this fall, and already has a vision for the types of stories she wants to report on.
“I’ve been a big admirer of 60 Minutes since my days as a young reporter,” Winfrey said in a statement. “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.” Fager also expressed excitement at Winfrey’s addition.
“There is only one Oprah Winfrey,” Fager said in a statement. “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.”
Current 60 Minutes part-time correspondents include Anderson Cooper, Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Sharyn Alfonsi, in addition to current hosts Steve Kroft, Lesley Stahl, Scott Pelley, Lara Logan and Bill Whitaker. The long-running show began its 49th season in September. The highly acclaimed broadcast draws an average of approximately 14 million viewers per week.
Winfrey is certainly showing no signs of slowing down these days, as she recently announced her new line of ready-to-eat refrigerated meals. Winfrey teamed up with Kraft Heinz for the new business venture, named Mealtime Stories, which is said to offer “real, nutritious” products including packaged entrees “consisting primarily of meat, fish, poultry or vegetables.”