Oprah to Join "60 Minutes" as a Special Contributor

"There is only one Oprah Winfrey," said Executive Producer of "60 Minutes," Jeff Fager.

Fager praised the media mogul and MAKER for her newest role as special contributor to "60 Minutes," the top news broadcast show in television.

"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," Fager said. "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, who got her start as the first African-American woman to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV.

She went on to become co-host of its local talk show, "People Are Talking," before landing "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in the '80s — still known as the highest ranked talk show in television history.

"I'm so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling," Winfrey said. "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 will make her first appearance on CBS News' Sunday night broadcast this fall. Watch her exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above.

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