Born to immigrant parents – her father was Australian, while her mother was Cuban – Soledada O’Brien is a broadcast journalist and executive producer. O’Brien is also a television anchor and correspondent. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera America, and HBO. She has also co-anchored CNN’s American Morning and was the anchor of the CNN morning news program, Starting Point.
Because Interracial marriage remained illegal in Maryland until 1967, O’Brien’s parents married in 1958 in Washington, D.C., where marriage laws were not as restrictive. One of six children, she valued education and enrolled in Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1984 as a pre-med and English and American literature major. She completed her education at Harvard University in 2000 and embarked on a career as a medical reporter with WXKS-FM in Boston. She followed this position with a job as Associate Producer at WBZ-TV in Boston. After that, she was a local reporter and bureau chief for NBC affiliate KRON in California. Other notable journalist positions she’s held include co-anchor of the NBC News program, Weekend Today, contributing reporter for the Today Show, and contributing reporter for NBC Nightly News.
She continued to rise through the ranks of broadcast journalism going to work for the CNN program, Starting Point. She has been distinguished in her role at CNN, setting herself apart by reporting live and on the scene of many world changing events. Some of them include the London terrorism attacks in 2005, Hurricane Katrina in that same year, and the 2004 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. In 2011, she won her first Emmy for the documentary, Crisis in Haiti. Other documentaries she took part in were Don’t Fail Me: Education in America, Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door, and Almighty Debt.
Obrien is the founder of Starfish Media Group, a popular and respected production and distribution company renowned for exploring critical social issues. Her broadcast journalism awards are many, including the NAACP Image Award, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story, and News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis.
She is still active in journalism and currently serves as anchor for the self-titled television news program, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien. She is proud of this show and maintains that it distinguishes itself from typical Sunday morning news shows in that it does not shy away from controversial subjects or tough interviews.
A hardworking, hard-hitting journalist, Soledad O’Brien is also talented and successful. Noted for her confidence on screen and for excellence in her live and recorded interviews, documentaries, and presentations, Soledad is a respected journalist. She is a role model and an activist. She lends her celebrity and her support to the following causes – Global Poverty Project, Hearts of Gold, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and her own Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation. On the power of the news to compel people to action, she says, “If you can tell a story well, you can move people to do something.”