Broadcast Journalist, CEO, Starfish Media Group
Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist. She is the chief executive officer of the Soledad O’Brien Productions, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues.
O’Brien anchors and produces the Heart Television political magazine program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.” She also reports regularly for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and PBS NewsHour. She is the philanthropy editor of Worth Magazine and is a frequent author of op-ed pieces for publications like the New York Daily News and the Huffington Post.
O’Brien, who was an anchor of two CNN morning news programs and their documentary unit, created the “In America” documentary series including “Black in America” and “Latino in America.” She also authored two books titled The Next Big Story and Latino in America.
Earlier in her career, O’Brien co-anchored on “Weekend Today”, and contributed to the “Today” show and “NBC Nightly News.” In 2003, O’Brien transitioned to CNN, where she was the face of CNN’s morning news for many years. O’Brien’s coverage won three Emmy awards. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her a George Foster Peabody Award. She also received another Peabody Award for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I. DuPont Award.