- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) - 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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