Soledad OBrien

An Award-winning Journalist

Soledad will visit William & Mary on November 14 2017 as the universitys Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics. She will give a public lecture at the campus. She is devoted to mentorship and has worked enthusiastically to make a difference for the better. Her objective is to transform lives and assist in closing persistent gaps in the society.

Soledad is currently the anchor for the nationally syndicated show Matter of Fact with Soledad OBrien. She is the chair and co-founder of the Powherful Foundation. She is also the co-host of American Graduate Day, a public media effort to shine the spotlight on individuals and organizations that are working to improve the high school graduation rate and put the youth on a pathway to success in their careers.

Throughout her career, she has worked for multiple news outlets, including MSNBC, NBC News and CNN where she co-anchored American Morning and anchored Starting Point. Soledad has been a correspondent for the Al Jazeera America Program America Tonight and HBOs Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
She is a graduate of Harvard University and served as the executive producer on the documentary series Black in America and Latino in America.

Soledad has won an array of awards and for her work, like the Peabody Award for CNNs coverage of Hurricane Katrina and Emmy Awards for coverage of Haitis earthquake and the 2012 election. In 2010, she was the named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

In June 2013, she established the production and distribution company, Starfish Media Group. The company sighed a deal to produce a series of hour-long documentary specials for Al Jazeera America. From 2013 to 2016, Soledad was a moderator of National Geographic Bee. In 2014, she co-taught a Harvard University Graduate School of Education Class on Advancing the Public Understanding of Education.

In 2016, she presented the I Am Latino in America Tour with countrywide stood across the United States.
Soledad is a member of many organizations, for example the National Association of Black Journalists and a board member of The Harlem School of Arts.

She is the executive producer of the TV movie Billboard Women in Music 2015 and the documentary Babies Behind Bars. She has hosted many television shows and is has done myriads of works and publications like Rescued, The Women Who Would be Queen and Words That Changed a Nation. Soledad has been listed in Irish American Magazines Top 100 Irish Americans twice.

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