Award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist
“My dad an Irish-Australian, and my mom Afro-Cuban, got married in 1958. There was a lot of overt hostility then to the point where they couldn’t get served in restaurants together. People were intentional about keeping interracial couples apart.” Despite these prejudices however, Soledad O’Brien’s parents never talked about that while they were growing up. They went to work and did what needed to be done, and taught their children to do the same. They were quiet activists.
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Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist who anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.” O’Brien, founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, also reports for HBO Real Sports, the PBS NewsHour, WebMD and has authored two books. She has anchored and reported for NBC, CNN and others, winning numerous awards, including three Emmys, the George Peabody award, an Alfred I DuPont prize and the Gracie. Newsweek Magazine named her one of the “15 People Who Make America Great.” With her husband, she is founder of the PowHERful Foundation that sends 25 girls to and through college.
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