The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest honor for people who’ve made contributions to the security and national interests of the United States. This year the 16 recipients include Bill Clinton, Oprah, Gloria Steinem and Benjamin C. Bradlee.
Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey walks with honor graduates after the first graduation ceremony at Oprah Winfrey's leadership academy for girls in Henley on Klip, South Africa. Winfrey began her career as a broadcast journalist, but she is best known for her 25 years as the host of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She received the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2002 and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2010. Jerome Delay/AP Buy Photo