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María de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien[1] (born September 19, 1966) is an American television journalist who is currently the host of CNN Special Investigations Unit on CNN. is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... CNN Special Investigations Unit is an investigative documentary program on CNN weekends. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ...


O'Brien is most known for anchoring the CNN marquee morning newscast American Morning from July 2003 [2]- April 3, 2007, with Miles O'Brien; their common surnames are coincidences. The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... American Morning is the morning television show on CNN. It premiered in 2002. ... Miles OBrien Miles OBrien (b. ... Coincidence is the noteworthy alignment of two or more events or circumstances without obvious causal connection. ...


She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.[1] The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), was founded in 1975 by 44 men and women in Washington, D.C. Headquartered at the University of Maryland, College Park and with 3300 members, it is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. ... The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic journalists in the United States. ...

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Personal life

Soledad's parents, both immigrants, met at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland in 1958. The Johns Hopkins University, founded in 1876, is a private institution of higher learning located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29...

My parents were both immigrants—my mother from Cuba, my father from Australia. Both attended daily Mass at the church near campus. Every day my father would offer my mother a ride. Every day, she declined. Finally she said yes. One year later, the day after Christmas, the two of them were married.[3]

Soledad's parents married in 1959 in Washington, D.C.. Her father Edward, an Australian (from Toowoomba, Australia[4]) of Irish descent, was a mechanical engineering professor.[5] Her mother Estella, an Afro-Cuban, was a French and English teacher.[6] Soledad is the fifth of six kids, who all graduated from Harvard University. Her older siblings are law professor Maria (b. 1961); corporate lawyer Cecilia (b. 1962), Tony (b. 1963) who heads a documents company;[7] eye surgeon Estela (b. 1964); and anesthesiologist Orestes (b. 1968).[8] For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, is 90 minutes drive west of Queenslands capital city, Brisbane, and two hours from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches. ... Cuban boys playing in Trinidad, Cuba The term Afro-Cuban refers to Cubans of African ancestry, and to historical or cultural elements in Cuba thought to emanate from this community. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ...


The O'Briens moved to the Long Island community of St. James, where Soledad was born and raised. On the NPR quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, O'Brien explained that in Spanish her full name means, "The Blessed Virgin Mary of Solitude." When she started working in TV, many people recommended that she change her name, but she refused.[9] This article is about the island in New York State. ... Map showing location of St. ... “NPR” redirects here. ... Wait Wait. ...


Despite her partial Latina heritage, O'Brien doesn't speak Spanish fluently. That has resulted in some awkward exchanges with people who assume she does, including former vice-president Al Gore.[10] // The term Latino is a linguistic identity that refers to an individual that has significant ancestry from a nation-state where a Latin derived language is spoken or is the offical language of the government. ... Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. ...


Soledad attended Harvard and Radcliffe College, studying English and American Studies and taking multiple science courses, including summer classes at the State University of New York at Stony Brook "with the crazed notion of becoming a doctor".[citation needed] In 1987, she dropped out of college to work in news production. Thirteen years later in 2000 while pregnant she returned to Harvard and completed her degree.


She graduated from Harvard University, with a degree in English language and American literature. Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... American literature refers to written or literary work produced in the area of the United States and Colonial America. ...


Since 1995 Soledad has been married to Morgan Stanley investment banker Bradley Raymond. Together they have two daughters and two sons. Sofia Elizabeth was born October 23, 2000 and Cecilia was born March 20, 2002. On Monday August 30, 2004, twin sons were born. Charlie was born at 6:23 pm est weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and 4 minutes later came Jackson at 6:27pm est weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces.[11]


Broadcasting career

She began her career as an associate producer and news writer at WBZ-TV, then the NBC affiliate in Boston. O'Brien joined NBC News in 1991, and was based in New York as a field producer for the Nightly News and Today. O'Brien then worked for three years as a local reporter and bureau chief for San Francisco NBC affiliate KRON. At KRON she was a reporter on "The Know Zone." The program later moved to CNET without O'Brien. WBZ-TV is the CBS owned-and-operated television station serving the Boston, Massachusetts television market. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... KRON is an independent television station in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... KRON is an independent television station in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... CNET Networks, Inc. ...


O'Brien was featured on a regular segment of the Discovery Channel program The Next Step, holding the position of "Sun Microsystems Infogal." The Next Step was a television show that aired on The Discovery Channel during the 1990s. ... Sun Microsystems, Inc. ...


O'Brien then anchored MSNBC's weekend morning show and the cable network's award-winning technology program The Site, which aired weeknights from the Spring of 1996 to November 1997. MSNBC, a combination of MSN and NBC, is a 24-hour cable news channel in the United States and Canada, and a news website. ... The Site Logo The Site, hosted by Soledad OBrien, was an hour-long TV program devoted to the Internet revolution. ...


O'Brien came to CNN from NBC News, where she had anchored Weekend Today since July 1999. During that time, she contributed reports for the weekday Today Show and for weekend editions of NBC Nightly News, and covered such notable stories as John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane crash and the 1990s school shootings in Colorado and Oregon. In 2003, she covered the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and later anchored NBC's weekend coverage of the War in Iraq. In 2005, she covered the Hurricane Katrina aftermath in New Orleans where she interviewed then head of FEMA Michael Brown. The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... NBC News endcap, used from 2002 to present. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... The Today Show (officially called Today) is currently, a long-running morning news show airing on the NBC television network in the United States. ... NBC Nightly News is the flagship evening news program for NBC News and broadcasts from the GE Building, Rockefeller Center in New York City. ... John F. Kennedy Jr. ... The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas during re-entry into the Earths atmosphere, shortly before concluding its 28th mission, STS-107. ... There have been three conflicts in the late 20th century and early 21st century called Gulf War, all of which refer to conflicts in the Persian Gulf region: Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) (aka First Gulf War). ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ...


O'Brien began anchoring CNN's flagship morning program American Morning from New York City in July 2003[2], when she joined the network. On April 3, 2007 O'Brien was replaced by former Fox News anchor Kiran Chetry (her co-anchor was also replaced), reportedly due to lagging ratings. She continues to work as a reporter for CNN.[12] American Morning is the morning television show on CNN. It premiered in 2002. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Kiran Chetry (born August 26, 1974 in Kathmandu, Nepal) is co-anchor of CNNs morning news program, American Morning. ...


Honors and recognitions

O'Brien's work has been honored several times, including a local Emmy for her work co-hosting the Discovery Channel's The Know Zone. She has been named to People's 50 Most Beautiful in 2001 and to People en Español's 50 Most Beautiful in 2004. She was named to Irish American Magazine's "Top 100 Irish Americans" on two occasions. She is also on Black Enterprise magazine's 2005 Hit List. Also in 2005, she was awarded "Groundbreaking Latina of the Year" award by Catalina magazine. Most recently she was awarded the 2007 NAACP President's Award. An Emmy Award. ... Discovery Channel is a United States-based TV channel founded by John Hendricks. ... People en Español is a Spanish-language magazine published by Time Inc. ... Black Enterprise is a multimedia company that develops of business and lifestyle content for and about the black business market and its leaders. ... Issue of CATALINA featuring supermodel Daisy Fuentes CATALINA magazine was founded in 2001 by Latina journalist Cathy Areu to break stereotypes of Hispanics in the media and entertainment. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ...


She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She serves on the board of directors of The Harlem School of the Arts. The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), was founded in 1975 by 44 men and women in Washington, D.C. Headquartered at the University of Maryland, College Park and with 3300 members, it is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. ... The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic journalists in the United States. ... The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) is a school in Harlem, New York. ...


In May 2007, O’Brien gave the keynote address at the undergraduate commencement at Bryant University and was presented with a Doctor of Human Letters honorary degree. She was also the convocation speaker at Cornell University's Commencement on May 26, 2007. Bryant University is a 4-year private university located in Smithfield, Rhode Island. ... Cornell University is a university located in Ithaca, New York, USA. Its two medical campuses are in New York City and Education City, Qatar. ...


References

  1. ^ Edelhart, Courtenay. "CNN's O'Brien embraces her own diversity", Indianapolis Star, 2005-10-24. Retrieved on 2006-04-02. 
  2. ^ a b Anchors & Reporters Soledad O'Brien. Retrieved on 2007-04-22.
  3. ^ http://soledadobrien.info/articles/guideposts4-04.htm
  4. ^ http://soledadobrien.info/soledad95.html
  5. ^ http://www.hispaniconline.com/magazine/2005/June/CoverStory/index.html
  6. ^ http://www.hispaniconline.com/magazine/2005/June/CoverStory/index.html
  7. ^ http://soledadobrien.info/soledad95.html
  8. ^ http://www.hispaniconline.com/magazine/2005/June/CoverStory/index.html
  9. ^ "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me", NPR, August 19, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-08-19. 
  10. ^ O'Brien encourages diversity in journalism, Butler University Dawgnet, October 30, 2005
  11. ^ http://soledadobrien.info/soledad2004.htm
  12. ^ http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/tv/cnn_flips_american_morning_soledad_miles_obrien_out_john_roberts_scorned_fox_newser_kiran_chetry_in_56315.asp

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NAME O'Brien, María de la Soledad
ALTERNATIVE NAMES O'Brien, Soledad
SHORT DESCRIPTION CNN news anchor
DATE OF BIRTH September 19, 1966
PLACE OF BIRTH St. James, New York
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Soledad O'Brien (650 words)
Soledad O'Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN: Special Investigations Unit, reporting hour-long documentaries throughout the year and filing in-depth series on the most important ongoing and breaking news stories for all major CNN programs.
O'Brien joined CNN in July 2003 as the co-anchor of the network's flagship morning program, American Morning, and distinguished herself by reporting from the scene on the transformational stories that broke on her watch.
O'Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.
Audio Inspiration / Advice / Home - Women For Hire (1933 words)
She went from being a sports anchor and reporter at a local station in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to winning three Emmys for her work on ESPN and sharing the anchor duties on ABC with Diane Sawyer.
Soledad O’Brien has been a CNN anchor since 2003 when she jumped ship from NBC News.
A Harvard graduate (along with all five of her siblings), O’Brien lives in New York with her husband and four children.
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