Soledad O’Brien Speaking Sept. 16 at Southeast

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Soledad O’Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN: Special Investigations Unit, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Show Me Center.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 21, 2008 – “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes, and In Our Lives,” will be the topic of a presentation by Soledad O’Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN: Special Investigations Unit, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Show Me Center.

The event, which is sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University, is free and open to the public.

O’Brien is anchoring and reporting in-depth on the most significant stories across the country and the world. She is the former co-anchor of “American Morning” with Miles O’Brien. Based in New York, O’Brien anchored CNN’s flagship morning program from 2003-2007.

In December 2004, O’Brien was among a handful of CNN anchors sent to Puhket, Thailand, to cover the disaster and aftermath of the tsunami that took more than 155,000 lives in that region. In the fall of 2003, she was the only broadcast journalist permitted to travel with First Lady Laura Bush on her trip to Moscow.

O’Brien came to CNN from NBC News, where she had anchored the network’s “Weekend Today” since July 1999. During that time, she contributed reports for the weekday “Today Show” and weekend editions of “NBC Nightly News,” and covered such notable stories as John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane crash and the 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. Additionally, in 1998, she traveled to Cuba to cover Pope John Paul II’s historic visit.

Before “Weekend Today,” O’Brien anchored MSNBC’s award-winning technology program “The Site,” and the cable network’s weekend morning show. O’Brien joined “NBC News” in 1991, and was based in New York as a field producer for the “Nightly News” and “Today.”

Prior to 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.

O’Brien’s work has been honored several times, including a local Emmy for her work as a co-host on Discovery Channel’s “The Know Zone.” She has been named to People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2001 and People en Espanol’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2004. O’Brien also was included in Crain’s Business Reports’ “40 Under 40” and Essence magazine’s “40 Under 40,” both in 2004. O’Brien also has been named to Irish American Magazine’s “Top 100 Irish Americans” on two occasions.

She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She also writes a bi-monthly column for USA Weekend magazine on parenting. O’Brien is a graduate of Harvard University.