Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author
In June of 2013, O’Brien joined the Peabody-award-winning team of HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel and reports regularly for the series.
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O’Brien anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine program Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien distributed by Sony Pictures. She also contributes to the PBS NewsHour and WebMD. She has appeared as an anchor on CNN, MSNBC and NBC, and hosted projects for NatGeo, A&E and is Executive Producer of the Lifetime Billboard Music Awards and host and Executive Producer of Mysteries and Scandals on Oxygen.
O’Brien is Philanthropy Editor of Worth Magazine and is a frequent contributor of op-ed pieces for publications like the Huffington Post and the New York Daily News.
Earlier in her career, O’Brien co-anchored on Weekend
O’Brien’s has been recognized with three Emmy awards for her coverage of the Haiti earthquake, the 2012 election and for a series called Kids and Race. She was honored twice with the George Foster Peabody award for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and her reporting on the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I. DuPont Award. And, she is
She has been named on People magazine’s list of the 50 Most Beautiful People 2001 and was on People en Español′s 50 Most Beautiful list 2004. She was named to Irish American magazine’s "Top 100 Irish Americans" on two
O’Brien was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2010. In 2013, O’Brien taught at Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Archives. In 2015, O’Brien joined the RAND Corporation’s Board of Trustees.
She is also the author of two books, her critically acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story and Latino in America.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O’Brien and her husband, Brad, created the PowHerful Foundation to help young women get to and through college. The foundation hosts the PowHerful summits that support hundreds of high school and college-age women with mentoring, professional development and strategies for academic success.