Soledad O’Brien to Take Questions at News Conference


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Soledad O’Brien will take questions from the media at a news conference at 6:50 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Show Me Center Media Room.

WHAT:   News conferenceWHO:  Soledad O’Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN: Special Investigations Unit, will take questions from the media.

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.”

Her work has been honored several times, including a local Emmy for her efforts 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.

WHEN:  6:50-7:05 p.m., Sept. 16WHERE:  Media Room, Show Me Center BACKGROUND:  Soledad O’Brien will be presenting “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes, and In Our Lives” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Show Me Center Arena. The event is being sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University.