Award-winning journalist, documentarian, entrepreneur and philanthropist
Soledad O’Brien has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting.
An engaging storyteller, O'Brien brings wider exposure to some of the most important issues and stories of our day through her coverage of breaking news and as host of the critically-acclaimed documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” which she originated while an anchor at CNN.
In her early career O’Brien co-anchored NBC’s “Weekend Today” and contributed segments to the “Today” show and “NBC Nightly News.” In 2003, she transitioned to CNN, anchoring the morning news programs for many years. O’Brien continues to contribute programming to CNN and Al Jazeera America in the form of documentaries and feature stories. She also hosts specials for the National Geographic Channel and serves as a contributing editor for PBS “NewsHour.”
In 2013, O’Brien joined the “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” team, giving her the opportunity to contribute her brand of storytelling through the vast prism of sports. That same year O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group (SMG), a multi-platform media production and distribution company dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often-divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity.
In September, she became the host of the syndicated political show “Matter of Fact,” which focuses on alternative views on top issues.
O'Brien has earned multiple 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.” At CNN she was part of the news teams that earned Peabody Awards for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Gulf oil spill, and her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami helped win an Alfred I. DuPont Award for the network.
O’Brien was named journalist of the year in 2010 by the National Association of Black Journalists, and in 2006 she was one of Newsweek magazine’s “10 People who Make America Great.” Harvard University, her alma mater, named O’Brien a Distinguished Fellow in 2013.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she and her husband, Brad Raymond, established the PowHERful Foundation (formerly known as the Starfish Foundation) to help bridge the opportunity gap, making college attainable for young women from underrepresented and underserved communities.
O’Brien’s memoir, “The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities,” chronicles her significant reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences.