Award Winning Journalist, Documentarian, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Why Soledad O'Brien?
Award-winning broadcast journalist and creator of the critically acclaimed documentary, "Black in America"
Dedicated to exposing the world to critical global issues, shes shined a spotlight on major events, including the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake and Hurricane Katrina
A champion for diversity, known for taking a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity
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About Soledad O'Brien
Award winning journalist, Soledad O’Brien has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting, bringing wider exposure as storyteller to some of the most important issues and stories in the world through her coverage of breaking news, and critically-acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America.
In 2005 O’Brien and her husband started Starfish Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps bridge the gap of opportunities for young minority women from low-income families to attend college.
Soledad's memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences and was published in 2010.
O'Brien has earned numerous Emmy awards for her reporting on the earthquake in Haiti, her coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election, and her work on "Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture." Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a Peabody award and she earned another for her coverage of the BP Gulf coast oil spill.
In 2013, she launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform media production and distribution company dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity. O'Brien is also a correspondent for HBO's Real Sportswith Bryant Gumbel, and a contributing editor to the PBS NewsHour.
O'Brien has also been selected to apply her wealth of expertise as a member of the RAND Corporation's 2015 Board of Trustees.
An engaging storyteller, she offers a behind-the-scenes look at her life, work, and inspiring, empowering narratives by bringing a voice and sharing untold stories in the world.
Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and in Our Lives
In an ever-changing society more emphasis is placed on the diversity of America's people, it is important to recognize and discuss the growing numbers of immigrants to this country, whether the topic is diversity in the media, education for minorities, women in our workplaces, or mentoring.
An Evening with Soledad O’Brien: Her Life Stories
Good luck and hard work can take you a long way, and in the case of Soledad O'Brien, good fortune was only a part of the winning combination that has led to her success. Driven by a desire to be the best in her profession, O'Brien has excelled by pushing her own limits. O'Brien emphasizes her belief in a strong work ethic and a never-give-up attitude.
America Behind Bars
Award winning journalist and documentarian Soledad O'Brien brings a much needed conversation about race and justice in America to your campus community. The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri sparked a debate in the United States about the relationship between law enforcement officers and African Americans. Soledad will take a look behind the scenes and behind the headlines to explore the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity. By sharing the stories of individuals whose lives have been forever changed by their experience in the criminal justice system, as well as current data on racial disparity in enforcement efforts, Soledad hopes to empower audiences to affect social change in their communities and our nation as a whole.