Office Hours with Soledad O'Brien

Award Winning Journalist, Documentarian, News Anchor and Producer

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What would you tell your 21 year old self?
Asked by Maureen Edobor
How do you balance kids, a full time job, and stay in shape?
Do you have a mentor, and if so, can you tell us about your relationship?
You witness a lot of tragic situations, how do you recharge at the end of the day?
As someone with a public profile who faces a lot of criticism and controversy, how do you stay confident in what you do?
Are there any books or movies that have influenced your personal or professional life?
As an aspiring journalist, what advice would you give me?
You recently spoke at Harvard's commencement, and as part of your advice, you recommended graduates not listen to other people. Can you share more about that?
What is an average day in the life of Soledad O'Brien?
What is the greatest challenge young women journalists experience in today's world?
What has riding horses taught you?
How do you manage to stay true and continue to report on the issues you care about without falling into the trap of reporting on whats trendy or popular?
What are your top tips for public speaking?

About Soledad O'Brien, Award Winning Journalist, Documentarian, News Anchor and Producer

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 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. In June 2013, O’Brien joined HBO and ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ as a correspondent.

O'Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. In 2011 she won an Emmy for "Crisis in Haiti Report" on Haitian orphanages, following the massive earthquake. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN 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.

O'Brien's critically acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and it's follow-up "Latino in America" are among CNN's most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2013 "Latino in America 2", the story of a Latina boxer who dreams of Olympic glory, won the celebrated Cine Award for documentaries. Her documentary "Gay in America: Gary and Tony have a baby," and "Unwelcome, the Muslims Next Door" also won numerous journalism awards. O'Brien was named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek Magazines "15 People Who Make America Great." In 2013, O'Brien joined Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the foundation for The National Archives.

O’Brien is also the Moderator and Executive Producer of the National Geographic Bee. In the wake of hurricane Katrina, O'Brien and her husband Brad created a foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. This year they will award scholarships to 25 deserving young women. O'Brien lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.

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