Winfrey added, “I’ve been a big admirer of 60 Minutes since my days as a young reporter. 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 news comes as “60 Minutes” has lost some of its talent over the past two years, with the untimely death of Bob Simon in 2015 and the death of Morley Safer last May.
Wynton Marsalis has served in a similar contributor role over the past few years.