Hispanic Heritage Month: Soledad O’Brien

8 09 2009

Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15-October 15. It celebrates the anniversary of independence for five Latin American Countries- Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

This week it’s all about Soledad O’Brien.


Who she is: currently the anchor and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. (American Morning, Special Investigations Unit, AC 360)

Brief Bio: O’Brien was born to immigrant parents in 1966 in St. James, NY. She received her B.A. from Harvard University.

She has worked as associate producer and news writer for Eyewitness News First Edition in Boston; a producer for NBC Nightly News and Today; she also worked at MSNBC’s website and NBC Today and Weekend Today in NYC.

Since she has been with CNN, O’Brien has reported breaking news from all over the world and has created award-winning documentaries on significant stories facing the globe. One of her projects was the Black in America series for which she investigated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in Eyewitness to Murder, The King Assassination.

O’brien has received several awards such as Gracie Allen Award (2007) and the NAACP President’s Award (2007); she was the first recipient of the Soledad O’Brien Freedom’s Voice Award from Morehouse School of Medicine (2008) and the first recipient of The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Goodermote Humanitarian Award.

Photo from: www.udel.edu







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