Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HARPO Entertainment Group
Ms. Oprah Winfrey serves as Chief Executive Officer of HARPO Entertainment Group. Ms. Winfrey serves as a Co-Founder at Oxygen Media, LLC. She began her broadcasting career at age 17, when she was hired by WVOL radio in Nashville, and two years later signed on with WTVF-TV in Nashville as a Reporter/Anchor. In 1976, she moved to Baltimore and joined WJZ-TV news as a Co-Anchor, and in 1978 hosted talk shows when she was Co-Host of WJZ-TV’s “People Are Talking,” while continuing to serve as Anchor and News Reporter. She serves as Chairman of HARPO Entertainment Group. She serves as Chairwoman at HARPO Productions, Inc.
She serves as Member of The Council at National Museum of African American History and Culture. In January 1984, she hosted WLS-TV’s “AM Chicago,” a faltering local talk show. In less than a year, she turned “AM Chicago” into the hottest show in town. Ms. Winfrey has been duly awarded for her unusual level of success and excellence. Awards include: 33 Emmys; The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998; Honored as one of the hundred most influential people of the 20th century (Time magazine, 1998); Recognized as the most Important Person in Books and Media (Newsweek, 1997) and TV Guide’s Television Performer of the Year in 1997. Ms. Winfrey attended Tennessee State University, where she majored in Speech Communications and Performing Arts.