Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Soledad O'Brien at 50

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Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien is celebrating her 50th birthday today, September 19, and added another line to her long journalism resume. This month she began hosting the Hearst-backed syndicated Sunday morning political show Matter of Fact.

Rather than the typical opposing views and unchallenged talking points approach some of the Sunday morning shows take, she plans to focus on policy issues.

Through her Starfish Media production company, she is also working on a documentary about how high-level military people transition into the job market.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

American Graduate Day

Soledad O'Brien on #AMGrad with Allison Williams
American Graduate Day 2016 was a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event on September 17, 2016 that was dedicated to engaging people around the dropout crisis. with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

Soledad O'Brien interviewed a number of students and participants during the day.

American Graduate Day is the culminating event of Spotlight Education– a special week of primetime education-themed programming on PBS that began on September 12.

Throughout the day, viewers were encouraged to engage with #AmGrad on Facebook and Twitter, and to go online and become an American Graduate Champion by being a mentor.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O'Brien took over the hosting chores for season 2 of the Hearst syndicated political show Matter of fact this month.

The program is produced at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and aired Sunday mornings. O’Brien, an Emmy and Peabody Award winning journalist, will join the Hearst Television team as anchor & producer of “Matter of Fact With Soledad O’Brien,” and adds this program to her multi-platform content model.

“I’m excited to partner with Hearst and the team at ‘Matter of Fact’ to expand the conversation around the issues that truly matter with those who are most directly able to impact our everyday lives,” says O’Brien. “It’s been a year of loudness and emotion over the most sensitive of issues, and sometimes the truly crucial conversation is drowned amid the noise of the traditional news cycle.  The format of a weekly political magazine show will help us look at the issues with an added context and perspective of the discourse.  It’s a new media landscape, and through the creativity of Hearst, I’m also looking forward to a new distribution strategy that will allow the stories of the under-voiced to reach more of the American people where they are, through an effective network of stations and a unique prism.”

For stations and times, see matteroffact.tv/on-tv/ 

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Soledad O'Brien Criticizes Media For 'Normalizing White Supremacy'

On the CNN Sunday show Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter hosted a panel on the media coverage of the Trump campaign.

“All year long, I have been hearing one very specific description of the election coverage,” Stelter stated. “No, it's not bias, but it's close, it's false equivalents.”

One panelist was former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien. On how the media has covered Trump vs. Hillary, she pointed out that one of her biggest issues with coverage of the race is how Trump’s white supremacist supporters have been given air time, which in effect legitimizes and normalizes their presence and opinions in political discourse.

“I’ve seen, on-air, white supremacists being interviewed because they are Trump delegates,” O’Brien told host Brian Stetler. “And they do a five-minute segment, the first minute or so talking about what they believe as white supremacists. So you have normalized that.”

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

'Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien' Premieres This Weekend

Soledad O’Brien will debut on Sept. 10-11 as anchor and producer for the second season of Hearst Television’s political magazine show Matter of Fact.

The half-hour program, launched in November 2015 is produced at the Newseum in Washington D.C., and airs on Sunday morning in many markets.