FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2018
OPRAH WINFREY INTERVIEWS MICHELLE OBAMA AT HEARST TOWER FOR PRIMETIME SPECIAL ON OWN, O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINEFEATURE AND SUPERSOUL CONVERSATIONS PODCAST
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICIAL SELECTION
‘BECOMING’ BY MICHELLE OBAMA
‘Oprah Winfrey Special: Michelle Obama’ To Air November 15 at 8:00pm ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
‘Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations’ Podcast Featuring Two-Part Michelle Obama Interview Debuts on November 15 and November 19
Hearst Magazines to Run Excerpts of Interview Throughout Portfolio
Including O, The Oprah Magazine and ELLE
Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Hearst Magazines announced today that Oprah Winfrey’s in-depth conversation with Michelle Obama about her new memoir Becoming will air as a primetime special “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama” on Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 PT/ET on OWN, with an extended unedited version available on “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” podcast starting the same day, with part two available on November 19. In addition, the full interview will be streamed on Oprah’s Facebook on Sunday, November 18 at 11:00 am ET/PT. The interview will also be featured in O, The Oprah Magazine on newsstands November 20, with behind-the-scenes content available on Oprahmag.com as well as globally across multiple Hearst Magazines’ titles, including the December cover of ELLE.
O, The Oprah Magazine and OWN also announced today that it has chosen Obama’s book as its newest Oprah’s Book Club selection. Becoming by Michelle Obama is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations, and whose story inspires us to do the same. Becoming will be published in the United States and Canada on Tuesday, November 13 by Crown Publishing, a part of Penguin Random House. The book is being published globally in 31 languages.
O, The Oprah Magazine highlights the new book club selection in the December issue on newsstands November 20. OprahMag.com is posting an exclusive excerpt of the book, and readers can watch a message from Oprah about this new selection along with exclusive excerpts of the sit-down interviewat Oprah.com/oprahsbookclub. Print, digital and Audible versions of Becomingare available for purchase on Amazon.com/oprahsbookclub and wherever books are sold, including All Amazon Books and Amazon 4-star locations.
Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama sat down for a conversation about Mrs. Obama’s much-anticipated, upcoming memoir “Becoming” at Hearst Tower in New York City. The two spoke in front of an audience that included a group of local, female high school students. The former First Lady, mother, wife, attorney and author discusses the life experiences that have shaped her. She reminisces about her humble childhood on the South Side of Chicago with her family she describes as “four corners of a square”: her mother Marian, her late father Fraser and her brother Craig. Mrs. Obama explains how her parents invested everything they had into her and her brother’s future. She discusses her years as an attorney and executive in Chicago and how she worked to balance the demands of her career and raising two daughters. Mrs. Obama candidly discusses some of the challenges she and Barack Obama faced during the early years of their marriage, including a stint in counseling. She also opens up about her years in the White House and the pressure of being the “first black family” to live there.
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the First African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the way that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same.
About “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” Podcast
“Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” delivers insight and inspiration from renowned thought leaders to awaken viewers to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors and spiritual luminaries. The network’s podcast debuted in August 2017 at #1 on Apple Podcasts and can be found at ApplePodcasts.com/OprahSuperSoul and other podcast platforms. Since launch, the podcast has been downloaded over 73 million times. Recent podcast interviews have featured Amy Schumer, Tom Brady, will.i.am, Maria Shriver, Jordan Peele, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Trevor Noah, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Stephen Colbert.
About Oprah’s Book Club
In June 2012, Oprah Winfrey reintroduced her popular book club as an interactive, multi-platform reading club that harnesses the power of social media, bringing passionate readers together to discuss inspiring stories. After being selected as the club’s inaugural book, Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf) returned to the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list and spent six consecutive weeks at #1. Other selections include The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (Knopf), The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking), Ruby by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth), Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and
The Sun Does Shine, by Anthony Ray Hinton (St. Martin’s Press).
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.
About O, The Oprah Magazine
O, The Oprah Magazine (OprahMag.com) encourages confident, intelligent women to reach for their dreams, express their individual style and make wise choices, guided by the values of one of the most charismatic women in the world, O editorial director Oprah Winfrey. With an emphasis on personal growth, the magazine inspires, addressing every aspect of a woman’s life — the material, the intellectual and the emotional — and deeply connects with more than 14 million consumers every month (source: 2018 comScore Multi-Platform //GfK MRI Media Fusion (03-18/F17). From the moment it launched, O, The Oprah Magazine carved out a unique position in the marketplace and created an entirely new category in women’s magazines, delivering the Live Your Best Life message through thoughtful, ever-evolving content and the trusted advice provided by well-known experts. In fall 2018 O, The Oprah Magazine expanded its footprint with the launch of OprahMag.com. Throughout the years, O, The Oprah Magazine has been recognized with the publishing industry’s highest honor, winning multiple American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) awards. O, The Oprah Magazine is a co-venture between Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies. Follow O, The Oprah Magazine on Twitter at @OMagazine and Instagram at @OprahMagazine.
About Hearst Magazines
Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst, a leading global, diversified media, information and services company with more than 360 businesses. Hearst Magazines is one of the world’s largest publishers of magazine media across all platforms, with print and digital assets reaching a combined audience of 146 million readers and site visitors each month, including over 73 percent of all women and more than three-quarters of millennial women in the country. The company publishes more than 300 editions and 240 websites around the world, with 27 titles in the U.S. The division also operates iCrossing, a global, full-service digital marketing agency, and CDS Global, a business process provider. Hearst Magazines holds a majority stake in KUBRA, a customer experience management solutions company, and is a partner with Condé Nast in the publishing services company PubWorX.
# # #
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network:
O, The Oprah Magazine, Hearst Magazines: