Oprah Mainstreams Inclusion in Travel as Zach Anner Launches His Show

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By now most of the world knows that Oprah is taking travel with a disability mainstream through the comedy and insight of Zach Anner. New Mobility magazine offers an sneak peak:

In February, American television audiences learned that 26-year-old funnyman Zach Anner, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, and home-cooking contender Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco, had been chosen as co-winners of the first season of 

Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star. The reality competition brought together 10 contestants selected from over 15,000 applicants to each vie to host their own featured series on the new Oprah Winfrey Network.

Anner is a native of Buffalo, N.Y., and a filmmaker who studied in the radio-television-film program at the University of Texas at Austin. Long before becoming one of Oprah Winfrey's two newest stars in training, he'd considered himself to be much more than just a sitting-down version of a stand-up comedian. 

In the spring of 2010, when the queen of daytime talk announced plans to give away a show, Anner's mom, Susan, an avid Oprah fan, was watching. She immediately called her son. "I always thought that Zach and Oprah should meet," she says. "I really always thought that she would really like him."


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