Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to mother, Vernita Lee, a housemaid. After Winfrey’s birth, her mother traveled north and Winfrey spent her first six years living in rural poverty with her maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae. Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed “The Preacher” for her ability to recite Bible verses. At age six, Winfrey moved to an inner-city neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her mother. Vernita Lee. At 13, after suffering years of abuse, Winfrey ran away from home. She began going to Lincoln High School; but soon was sent back to live with her father and attended East Nashville High School.
She won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically black institution, where she studied communication. Her first job as a teenager was working at a local grocery store. She also attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college. Working in local media, she was both the youngest news anchor and the first black female news anchor at Nashville’s WLAC-TV. She moved toBaltimore’s WJZ-TV in 1976 to co-anchor the six o’clock news. In 1977, she was removed as co-anchor and worked lower profile positions at the station. 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. She also hosted the local version of Dialing for Dollars there. In 1981 Oprah sent recorded tapes of the show to a talk-show in Chicago called A.M. Chicago. They immediately offered her the job and in September of 1985 she changed the name of the show to, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. She has become a successful producer, actress and author. For more of Oprah’s bio, click here!
Pray for Oprah Winfrey this week, that she would encounter God in a personal way! Pray that she would sense His love and care for her! Pray that God would guide and bless her in her personal and professional life!