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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 September 1966Saint James, New York, USA
Birth NameMaria de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Soledad O'Brien is the anchor for CNN morning show Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining the network in 2003, O'Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-breaking and critically acclaimed documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. She also covers political news as part of CNN's "Best Political Team on Television." 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's most recent documentaries include Black in America: The New Promised Land - Silicon Valley, a profile of an accelerator program developed to diversify the technology industry by helping African-American digital entrepreneurs secure funding for their ventures; Latino in America 2: In Her Corner, the story of female flyweight fighter and U.S. Olympic hopeful Marlen Esparza; Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11, an investigation into the lives of female rescue workers who were the first to respond to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks; Don't Fail Me: Education in America, a look at the crisis in public education where American kids are not learning the skills necessary to compete; The Women Who Would be Queen, a portrayal of the future King and Queen's friendship-turned-romance and very modern royal marriage; Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door, a report on religious freedom protections; Pictures Don't Lie, the story of the secret life of Civil Rights photographer Ernest Withers as a paid FBI informant; Almighty Debt, a Black in America special that explores the role of the black church in helping African Americans survive the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression; Rescued, a look at Haiti's remarkable children before, during and after the devastating earthquake; and Gary and Tony Have a Baby, the story of two gay men and their struggle to have a baby that has a biological and legal connection to both of them.

In 2009, Soledad reported for Latino in America, a wide-ranging look at Latinos living in this country; how they're reshaping America and how America is reshaping them. Prior, O'Brien reported for Black in America 2, a four-hour documentary focusing on successful community leaders who are improving the lives of African-Americans. O'Brien's reporting for Black in America in 2008 revealed the state of Black America 40 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She has also reported for the CNN documentary Words That Changed a Nation, featuring a never-before-seen look at Dr. King's private writings and notes, and investigated his assassination in Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination. Her Children of the Storm project and One Crime at a Time documentary demonstrate O'Brien's continued commitment to covering stories out of New Orleans.

O'Brien joined CNN 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. For CNN's Katrina coverage, O'Brien's reports on the storm's impact included an in-depth interview with former FEMA chief Michael Brown. She also covered the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011, London terrorism attacks in July 2005, and in December 2004, she was among a handful of CNN anchors sent to Thailand to cover the disaster and aftermath of the tsunami.

In 2011, Soledad won her first Emmy for Crisis in Haiti (Anderson Cooper 360) in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story - Long Form. O'Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its BP oil spill and Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. The National Association of Black Journalists named O'Brien the Journalist of the Year and Edward R Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award for Latino in America in 2010. She received the 2009 Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In 2008, she was the first recipient of the Soledad O'Brien Freedom's Voice Award from the Morehouse School of Medicine for being a catalyst for social change and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Goodermote Humanitarian Award for her efforts while reporting on the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami. Her numerous other awards include a Gracie Allen Award in 2007 for her reporting from Cyprus on the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict as well as her reports from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. The NAACP honored her with its President's Award in 2007 for her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence.

O'Brien came to CNN from NBC News where she anchored the network's Weekend Today since July 1999. Prior, O'Brien anchored MSNBC's award-winning technology program The Site. O'Brien joined NBC News in 1991 and was based in New York as a field producer for Nightly News and TODAY. Before her time at NBC, she served three years as a local reporter and bureau chief for the NBC affiliate KRON in San Francisco. She began her career as an associate producer and news writer at the then-NBC affiliate WBZ-TV in Boston. Soledad O'Brien is a graduate of Harvard University and currently lives with her husband and four children in Manhattan.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nastassia Brown

Spouse (1)

Brad Raymond (1995 - present) (4 children)

Trivia (12)

Voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the World 2000 by People Magazine.
Her mother, Estela Lucrecia (Marquetti y Mendieta), is a black high school teacher from Havana, Cuba, and her father, Edward Ephram O'Brien, is a white Australian, a mechanical engineer, who is of three quarters Irish and one quarter Scottish descent. Soledad has been honored by African-American, Hispanic-American, and Irish-American groups for her contributions to journalism. She studied at Smithtown High School East in St. James, N.Y., and went to Harvard, but dropped out at age 21 to become a newswriter and producer at Boston's WBZ-TV.
Both parents are immigrants. Father is Australian, mother is Cuban.
Her name means "the Blessed Virgin Mary of Solitude" in Spanish.
She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. O'Brien also serves on the board of directors for The Harlem School for the Arts.
Recipient of NAACP Image Award.
Friend of Spike Lee.
Returned to Harvard to complete her degree.
Gave birth to twin sons (her 3rd and 4th children) at age 37, Charles Raymond and Jackson Raymond on August 30, 2004. Children's father is her husband, Bradley Raymond.
Is the 5th of 6 children in the family of Estela Lucrecia (Marquetti y Mendieta) and Edward Ephram O'Brien, who have been married since 1958. Has 3 older sisters, one older and one younger brothers are law professor Maria (b.1961), corporate lawyer Cecilia (b.1962), businessman Tony (b.1963), eye surgeon Estela (b.1964) and anesthesiologist Orestes (b.1967).
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a daughter Sofia Elizabeth Raymond on October 23, 2000. Child's father is her husband, Bradley Raymond.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 35, a daughter Cecilia Raymond on March 20, 2002. Child's father is her husband, Bradley Raymond.

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