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This photo taken April 22, 2011, and provided by Harpo Productions Inc., shows talk-show host Oprah Winfrey interviewing Nike CEO Phil Knight during taping for an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at Harpo Studios in Chicago. This photo taken April 22, 2011, and provided by Harpo Productions Inc., shows talk-show host Oprah Winfrey interviewing Nike CEO Phil Knight during taping for an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at Harpo Studios in Chicago.

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.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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