NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Television icon Oprah Winfrey returns to her roots as a reporter with a look at America’s political divide.

Winfrey sat down with “60 Minutes Overtime” senior producer Ann Silvio to share what it means to work on journalism’s biggest stage.

Silvio: Oprah, this is your first day at “60 Minutes,” working on your first story. What does it mean to you?

Winfrey: Well, as someone who’s grown up watching “60 Minutes” since I was a young girl, not even knowing the power, the impact, the value of the reporting, and then becoming a young reporter myself in my 20s in Baltimore, “60 minutes” was I would say for the first 20 years of my career like a religion.

Winfrey: Your Sunday was complete after Andy Rooney had finished his piece and you heard that clock. So to be a part of this esteemed group of story tellers is one of the great honors of my career, I would have to say.

Winfrey: In 1986 when Mike Wallace came to interview me, I’ve actually never been more nervous in my life.

Silvio: Did you consider that to be your sort of break out moment?

Winfrey: Well, I think if “60 Minutes” comes a callin’ and you haven’t committed a crime, and they’re just doing a story about you, you don’t get more break out than that.

Winfrey’s first “60 Minutes” assignment looks at the political divide in America.

You can watch it on CBS2 this Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.


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