She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college.
Winfrey's career choice in media would not have surprised her grandmother, who once said that ever since Winfrey could talk, she was on stage.
She was then recruited to join Richard Sher as co-host of WJZ's local talk show People Are Talking, which premiered on August 14, 1978.
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Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, By the mid-1990s, she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality.
Though criticized for unleashing a confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas, Her mother, Vernita Lee (born c. Winfrey's biological father is usually noted as Vernon Winfrey (born c.