From Harpo Productions Assistant to Oprah Winfrey Interviewer

O Girls premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fusion.

Ten years ago, Kimberly Brooks (pictured) began her professional career as an assistant at Harpo Productions in Chicago. On Sunday, she will be connected to former boss Oprah Winfrey in a different manner – as host of the Fusion special O Girls, which profiles Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Brooks is now based in Miami. Ahead of Sunday’s show, she spoke with Miami Herald reporter Madeleine Marr, who asked how Brooks wound up at Fusion, where she has been since 2014:

“I was hired as an ABC News Fellow in New York City after Columbia Journalism School. As part of the fellowship, you do different rotations with the shows so I produced stories for Good Morning America, Nightline and World News. In my last rotation, the talent director suggested I try two months at Fusion, which was partially owned by ABC at the time.

The Academy bond between Winfrey and Brooks also connects back to that year at Harpo Productions and The Ophrey Winfrey Show. At one point, Brooks heard that Winfrey was planning a trip to the school, located near Johannesburg, and wrote a letter explaining why she would dearly love to come along. The boss said yes.

Herald reporter Marr is a native New Yorker who joined the paper in 2003. Read the rest of the interview here. O Girls premieres at 8 p.m. ET Jan. 15.

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