Sheri Salata

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Sheri Salata (born October 20, 1959) is a writer/producer, and co-founder of the media company STORY and the life guidance system The Pillar Life.[1] She was co-president of Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and president of Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.

Salata was born in Georgia and raised in Chicago's northern suburbs.[2] She graduated from the University of Iowa in the early 1980s.[3] Salata's first job was assistant to Perry Stebor, an executive at Grey Advertising in Chicago.[3] Salata entered Harpo Studios in 1995 as promotions producer.[2] In 2009 she was named president of Harpo Studios.[citation needed] Salata served as executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show from 2006 until the show ended in 2011.[2] She was co-president of OWN with Erik Logan from July 2011 until May 2016.[2]

Salata was introduced to a wider audience in the TV series Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, airing on OWN January–August 2011.

In May 2016, Salata stepped down as co-president to become co-founder (with Nancy Hala) of STORY, a female-led media company dedicated to developing content and telling stories across all platforms and live events, expanding a vision of freedom, growth, joy, and dream-building.[4] OWN and the Oprah Media Group will be clients.[5]

Salata and Nancy Hala are co-founders of The Pillar Life, a life guidance system to ignite the eight cornerstones of a happy life. They are also co-hosts of the podcast The Sheri + Nancy Show, about living the Pillar Life.[1] In June 2019, Salata published The Beautiful No and Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation.[6]


  1. ^ a b "About". The Pillar Life. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sheri Salata: President, OWN and Harpo Studios". Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b Gregory Beyer; Sasha Bronner. "Sheri Salata And Erik Logan, Searching For Meaning At The Top Of Oprah Winfrey's World". Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Nancy Hala". 1440 Multiversity. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  5. ^ "OWN Co-President Sheri Salata Steps Down". Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  6. ^ "The Beautiful No - Sheri Salata - Hardcover". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved 2019-07-16.

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