Oprah to join ’60 Minutes’ as special contributor

Oprah Winfrey
FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2015 file photo, Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of the Oprah Winfrey Network's (OWN) documentary series "Belief", in New York. Winfrey is starting her own book imprint, and kicking it off with an inspirational memoir. Flatiron Books announced Thursday, Dec. 3, that Winfrey’s “The Life You Want” is scheduled for January 2017 and will “reveal never-before told stories” that show how “anyone can put their life on a new trajectory.” (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

(NEXSTAR) — On Tuesday, CBS News announced legendary media mogul Oprah Winfrey will become a special contributor to “60 Minutes” — the network’s news magazine program.

Winfrey, an experienced broadcaster, producer and philanthropist, is expected to make her debut this fall.

In a statement announcing the news, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager said he is “thrilled that she will be bringing her unique and powerful voice to our broadcast.”

Winfrey hosted the popular “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for 25 years. She also founded her own production company, Harpo Productions, which produces several other popular daytime programs, including “Dr. Phil,” and “Rachael Ray.” In 2011, Winfrey founded OWN — the Oprah Winfrey Network — which, according to CBS News, is one of the fastest growing cable networks for women.

The move to “60 Minutes” isn’t based on financial motivations. The entrepreneur/TV personality is worth an estimated $2.9 billion, per Forbes.

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