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Transcript of Oprah Winfrey
Her rise to fame
Got hired to do news part-time for the local black radio station, WVOL.
She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college.
In 1983, Winfrey moved to Chicago to host WLS-TV's low-rated half-hour morning talk show, AM Chicago.
Within months after Winfrey took over, the show went from last place in the ratings to the highest rated talk show in Chicago.
Oprah Winfrey show became Emmy award winning.
She founded her own production company, Harpo and invested in helping victims of childhood sexual abuse.
In 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Oprah with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
In 2013, Oprah was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
She has her own television network, OWN, and a new talk show called "Oprah's Next Chapter".
Oprah was born into poverty in Mississippi
Teenage single mother and later raised in a Milwaukee neighborhood.
She experienced hardships during her childhood.
She revealed things many would not imagine telling anyone, much less a national TV audience.
Winfrey hosted shows on broader topics such as heart disease, geopolitics, spirituality and meditation, interviewing celebrities on social issues.
Told others to not talk about mainstream topics.
Went to Lincoln High School but transferred to Nicolet High School in Wisconsin.
Graduated from Tennessee State University (1971-1986)
From age 9, she was sexually abused by her cousin, uncle, and family friend.
Became pregnant at 14, but son died in childbirth because he was premature.
She became an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, and joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, placing second in the nation in dramatic interpretation.
Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19.
By: Grace Kwon & Aaliyah Thomas
She was born on January 29th, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Oprah has been named the richest African American of the 20th century.
What type of leader is Oprah?
Laissez faire because she motivates and supports others to do work for the weaker. She also gives people who work under her freedom to effectively to their job their own way. She gives money to charities and tells them to spend it effectively based on their needs
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Empathetic and caring individual, doesn’t take justice and humanitarian issues lightly.
Refusing to hold her tongue or hide in the shadows
Doesn't look at only one side of the story.
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“I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.”.
People trust Oprah with their darkest secrets and invite her to share in their greatest accomplishments.
Personal battles with struggles like weight gain which she has openly shared through the years are issues with which people can identify.
Transparent and relatable.
We picked Oprah as our leader because she has had hardships in her life but still continues to inspire others. She doesn't let her past bring her down, but instead uses it to influence others.
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