About This Episode

If there was ever a newscaster who best embodied the diversity of American culture, it is Soledad O’Brien. Born to an Irish Australian father and an Afro Cuban mother, Soledad’s parents were American immigrants who met while studying at Johns Hopkins University. O’Brien was the fifth of six siblings, all of whom would later receive degrees from Harvard University.

Starting her career in journalism as a writer and producer for television, O’Brien would eventually rise through the ranks to anchor and co-host a number of news programs on cable networks MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. In 2003, she was tapped to co-anchor CNN’s flagship program American Mornings and later Starting Point. She is current host oo CNN'S Black in America and Latino in America. O'Brien has delivered a number of special reports for CNN and received a vast array of awards for her personal and professional work.

In early 2013, Soledad left the CNN news desk to found the Starfish Media Group, an organization currently producing a number of documentaries focusing on larger issues of race and culture in America. She is also co-founder of The O'Brien Raymond Foundation, dedicated to provide education opportunities for outstanding young girls facing the financial obstacles.