Special Correspondent for Al Jazeera America's flagship Show "America Tonight", Soledad O'Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group, is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. O’Brien was the originator of the highly successful documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America”. In June 2013 she launched Starfish, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories.
It was recently announced that O’Brien has entered into a multifaceted partnership with HBO, the premium cable and satellite television network. O’Brien joins the Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel team as of June 2013, giving her the opportunity to further delve into the compelling storytelling she is known for, except now through the vast prism of sports. In addition to appearing on the award-winning program, the deal with HBO encompasses a first-look opportunity for scripted projects and long-form programming concepts with O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group. The production company will also continue to produce “Black in America” and “Latino in America” and additional programming for CNN. O’Brien will also take over the reigns as Executive Producer and moderator for the National Geographic Bee beginning in 2014.
O'Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. In 2011 she won an Emmy for "Crisis in Haiti Report" on Haitian orphanages, following the massive earthquake. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a George Foster Peabody award. She also received another Peabody award for her coverage of the BP Gulf coast Oil Spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I DuPont award. O'Brien's critically acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and it's follow-up "Latino in America" are among CNN's most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2013, "Latino in America 2," the story of a Latina boxer who dreams of Olympic glory, won the celebrated Cine Award for documentaries. Her documentary "Gay in America: Gary and Tony have a baby", and "Unwelcome, the Muslims Next Door" also won numerous journalism awards. O'Brien was named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek Magazines "10 People who Make America Great". In 2013, O'Brien joined Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the foundation for The National Archives.
In the wake of hurricane Katrina, O'Brien and her husband, Brad, created a foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. This year they will award scholarships to 25 deserving young women.
O'Brien lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.