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Soledad O’Brien

2014 Speaker

Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. O’Brien was the originator of “Black in America” and “Latino in America.” In June 2013 she launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform 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, through personal stories. Starfish Media Group continues to produce “Black in America” and “Latino in America” and other programming for CNN.   Also, in June 2013, O’Brien joined HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” as a correspondent, and joined the Harvard University Graduate School of Education as a visiting fellow for the 2013-14 school year. In 2010, she wrote a critically-acclaimed memoir “The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities,” which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences. O’Brien came to CNN from NBC News where she anchored the network’s “Weekend Today.” Soledad O’Brien is a graduate of Harvard University and currently lives with her husband and four children in Manhattan.