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Winfrey Inducted Into Illinois Broadcasting Hall Of Fame

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Oprah Winfrey revolutionized the talk show market with her unique and natural style and rose to become the host of the most watched daytime show on television. She is the first African American to own her own TV studio. The multitalented Winfrey is also a millionaire businesswoman, a talented actress, owner of a movie production company, and committed philanthropist. (Photo credit: AP)

Oprah Winfrey revolutionized the talk show market with her unique and natural style and rose to become the host of the most watched daytime show on television. She is the first African American to own her own TV studio. The multitalented Winfrey is also a millionaire businesswoman, a talented actress, owner of a movie production company, and committed philanthropist. (Photo credit: AP)

CHICAGO (CBS4) — Oprah Winfrey is now a member of the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame.

Film critic Roger Ebert was among those who honored the talk show queen Tuesday at a downtown Chicago hotel. Association president and CEO Dennis Lyle calls Winfrey “the epitome of broadcasting excellence.” Ebert already is a member, along with late partner Gene Siskel.

Winfrey came to Chicago in 1984 when she started hosting “A.M. Chicago” on WLS-TV. That show eventually became “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which will end this month after 25 years.

Other famous inductees include Paul Harvey, Hugh Downs and Charles Gibson.

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