Oprah Winfrey has been hired by CBS News as a special contributor to “60 Minutes,” the show’s executive producer Jeff Fager announced this morning via a press release.
“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.”
“I’ve been a big admirer of 60 Minutes since my days as a young reporter,” said Winfrey. “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.”
The 63-year old Winfrey has built a media empire which includes her cable network—Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)—in addition to O, The Oprah Magazine, books and movies.
Fager didn’t specify what type of reports Winfrey would be doing for “60 Minutes,” but with her liberal political views it’s clear the show has no intention of balancing their coverage under the Trump administration.