Oprah Winfrey has announced a return to network television, via a a special contributor position for CBS’ tenured Sunday newsmagazine program 60 Minutes. Winfrey, whose former daytime TV post, The Oprah Winfrey Show, revolutionized daytime network television and the field of broadcast journalism as a whole, has developed her own cable network, OWN, in the 6 years since TOWS went off the air, where she’s helped to cultivate the careers of personalities and filmmakers like Iyanla Vanzant and Ava DuVernay.
In her new role with 60 Minutes, which comes just as Barack Obama–whom she famously endorsed prior to the 2008 Democratic National Convention–leaves office following an 8-year tenure as President, Oprah will seek to “bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”
60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager adds in a statement, “There is only one Oprah Winfrey. 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.”
Recently, Winfrey moderated a conversation between DuVernay, the director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary 13th, and esteemed CNN political analyst Van Jones, about the ripple effect America’s shadowy history with racially motivated legislation and incarceration has had on its current social and political landscape; Donald Trump’s ideals were specifically discussed. Chances are, her upcoming work with 60 Minutes will allow her to dive into similarly relevant issues in various ways.
Oprah makes her debut this fall on CBS.