For immediate release
September 27, 2002
NPR: Jenny Lawhorn,

Oprah Winfrey Talks About Fame, Faith and Her Future in First-Ever NPR Interview with Tavis Smiley

LOS ANGELES, CA - On Monday and Tuesday, September 30 and October 1, Oprah Winfrey joins NPR host Tavis Smiley for a candid, reflective discussion about her much talked-about Emmy speech and her relationship with Stedman Graham. In her first public comments, Winfrey also shares with Smiley her thoughts on the recent media attention surrounding the Indiana woman caught on videotape punching her child. Winfrey and Smiley also talk about her faith, family, her roots in Mississippi, staying healthy and her 17-year run as host and supervising producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

This special, two-part interview will air on The Tavis Smiley Show from NPRŽ, a talk magazine broadcast on public radio stations across the U.S. and on the Web at

During the interview, Smiley and Winfrey also discuss and dissect the speech she gave at the 2002 Emmys. (Winfrey won the first-ever Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.) Quoting from Winfrey's speech, Smiley asked Winfrey if she herself had ever felt the pain of being invisible. "I never felt invisible because I always felt smart," she said. "I realized that there was a world beyond welfare; there was a world beyond my grandmother's front porch." Again following up on her Emmy speech, Smiley asked Winfrey about giving back to the world and how she could become "more worthy." Winfrey talked about her plans to work educating young people and women in Africa. "I have a real global vision for what I can do with this so-called fame," she said.

Winfrey also relates a humorous incident from her summer with longtime partner Stedman Graham.

The Tavis Smiley Show from NPR is a weekday one-hour magazine that engages national radio audiences with new voices and fresh perspectives. Audio from the Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 program will be available at after noon ET each day.

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