Soledad O'Brien


Executive Creative Director of Matter of Fact TV

Soledad O'Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, producer and philanthropist and the new host of Sunday morning syndicated political show, Matter of Fact. O'Brien was the originator of Black in America and Latino in America. In June 2013 she launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform 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. Starfish Media Group continues to produce Black in America and Latino in America and other programming for CNN and has produced the re-launch of “Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien” which focuses on alternative views on top issues.

Also, in June 2013, O'Brien joined HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel as a correspondent. In 2010, she wrote a critically-acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities, which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences. O'Brien came to CNN from NBC News where she anchored the network's Weekend Today.

Together, Soledad and her husband, Brad Raymond, started PowHERful Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps bridge the gap of opportunities for young minority women from low-income families to attend college with financial assistance, mentoring and holistic support so they can earn a degree and be on a path to success and hopefully in return one day they too will pay it forward to other young women like them in their communities. Soledad is a graduate of Harvard University and currently lives with her husband Brad and their four children in Manhattan. Please join me in welcoming, Soledad O'Brien.