Oprah Winfrey to Debut as ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent This Sunday, Will Focus on Country’s Political Divide

Oprah Winfrey will debut as a 60 Minutes correspondent this Sunday, September 24, 2017, and the long-running CBS newsmagazine says her stories will focus primarily on bridging the gap between the two coasts and Trump’s America.

“She wants to do stories with an impact,” executive producer Jeff Fager tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And that’s what’s going to work here.”

Winfrey’s first segment will examine the deep political divisions in the country in part through a panel made up of ideologically opposed Americans.

Winfrey did a similar feature in O Magazine in February, for which she brought together 10 women at a diner in Maspeth, New York — half of them Donald Trump supporters, half Hillary Clinton supporters.

Fager said he tried to recruit Winfrey five years ago, when she was in the midst of her rocky launch of OWN. “She was too distracted to even consider it,” he says. This time, Winfrey was open to the offer, and was encouraged by friends. When she and friend Gayle King were on David Geffen’s yacht this summer, Geffen called CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves to communicate Winfrey’s interest.

As for Winfrey’s own liberal political identity possibly turning off half of the country, Fager says it’s not a concern. “We are known for fairness,” he says, “and I believe people will see that on the air with her.”

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Source: BAW | Diannah Watson