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Oprah To Interview Jean Carnahan

November 28, 2000

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Talk show host Oprah Winfrey will interview Jean Carnahan, the widow of Gov. Mel Carnahan who is set to be appointed to the U.S. Senate, for a show set to air in December.

``One of the premises of the show is to highlight people who have overcome loss and have showed great personal strength in very difficult times,″ said Carnahan spokesman Tom Wyche.

Mrs. Carnahan’s husband died in a plane crash Oct. 16 while running for the U.S. Senate. Also killed were their son, Roger, and longtime aide Chris Sifford.

Carnahan, a Democrat, posthumously won a Senate seat in the Nov. 7 election and Missouri’s new governor, Roger Wilson, pledged to appoint Mrs. Carnahan to the seat.

Mrs. Carnahan, 66, has said she will accept the appointment and plans to travel to Washington to attend Senate orientation and find a home.

The interview is set to take place Thursday.

Since her husband’s death, Mrs. Carnahan has appeared on ABC’s ``This Week With Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts″ to speak of her tragedy. She also has been interviewed by several media outlets in Missouri.

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