Soledad's Open Road


    Crazy Babbling Sunshine


    New York, NY


    Public Television: Season 8

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CNN Anchor/Special Correspondent

“Just because somebody says you can't, doesn't necessarily mean you can't. So how bad do you want it?”


Journalism Television


Family Success Hard Work Planning Support & Encouragement Talent Exploration Inspiration Doubt Conflict Opportunity Focus


Accomplishing Goals Communicating / Sharing Stories


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Soledad O'Brien grew up in Long Island, N.Y., as the daughter of parents who were of mixed races. Her mother was black and Cuban while her father was of Irish descent. Soledad's mixed heritage fueled her interests in reporting on Latinos and blacks in the U.S. After high school, Soledad enrolled in Harvard University but left at age 21 to join Boston's WBZ-TV as a newswriter and producer. This launched her into her career as a reporter where she landed a position as the bureau chief at an NBC affiliation station in San Francisco. In 1991, however, she joined NBC News where she anchored the network's Weekend Today show. In 2000, Soledad returned to Harvard University where she completed and received her degree. In 2003, she joined the major news network CNN where she has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning documentaries such as "Don't Fail Me: Education in America" and "Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special." Soledad has also reported for Latino in America, a widespread look into Latinos living in America, and covered international tragedies such as the Japan earthquake in 2011. Soledad was named "Journalist of the Year" in 2010 and has received numerous other prestigious recognitions—including the 2009 Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service Award and the Gracie Allen Award in 2007 for her reporting from Cyprus on the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict.

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