Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Soledad O’Brien Hosts Empowerment Conference for Young Women

When Soledad O’Brien was in college, she had a mentor who helped guide her toward success , and also influenced her subsequent decision to provide similar support for other young women.

“I had one phenomenal mentor while I was in college who taught me the tools of my trade, inspired me to want to be a journalist and most importantly gave me the confidence to navigate a tough profession,” O’Brien said. “It transformed me and leads me to believe that this kind of support for young women is vital in helping them achieve their goals.”

O’Brien and her husband, Brad Raymond, founded in 2011 what is now called the PowHERful Foundation with a primary mission to get young minority women from low-income families to and through college by providing financial assistance, mentorship and other support.

The foundation holds PowHERful Enrichment Conferences across the country, the most recent being in Jacksonville, Florida “to create an opportunity for girls across the country who have limited means to get all the resources they need to get through college and into the workforce... all the things that parents and professionals might offer a young woman of greater means.”

The Jacksonville event is is one of seven announced for 2017. The next one is May 13 in Atlanta.

To donate, apply for a scholarship or get more information about the PowHERful Foundation, contact the foundation at 134 W. 26th St., Suite 1150, New York, NY 10001 or go to

Friday, April 21, 2017

'Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien' Tops Weekend Political Shows on Cable

Hearst Television's weekly political magazine show Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien has expanded its reach to 85% coverage of the United States.

In Hearst TV markets, the program outperforms every broadcast TV Sunday morning political show with the exception of Meet the Press in the Adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 demographics, and it delivers more viewers than every weekend political show on cable.

"Matter of Fact viewers are clearly more interested in watching people converse rationally, using facts to further their point of view, rather than watching divisive rhetoric," said anchor Soledad O'Brien. "Our new stations pursue stories and topics that affect millions of Americans which are so often under-reported -- crucial issues like the opioid epidemic, veterans' needs and post-traumatic stress, immigration, gerrymandering and health care."

The show's average weekly audience has also seen rapid growth, nearly tripling since its first-season launch.

With the additions of new stations, Matter of Fact, produced by Hearst Television and distributed by Sony Pictures Television, will air on 123 TV stations, including 28 of the top 30 TV markets.


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A full list of Matter of Fact stations, show times and video clips is at
 Twitter followers can connect with the show via @matteroffacttv.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Soledad O'Brien's Delivering Democracy Lecture

On April 1, 2017, Soledad O'Brien gave the annual Delivering Democracy Lecture at the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in downtown Phoenix.

Documentarian, host, and entrepreneur, Soledad O'Brien shared her thoughts about participatory democracy.

After anchoring several daily and weekly news programs on NBC and CNN and hosting a pair of CNN documentary series that dealt directly with race, “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” O'Brien became the host in 2016 of Matter of Fact, which focuses on alternative views on top issues.

In an interview with ASU Now , O’Brien was asked about the current administration and the press.

"I think the press has been invigorated in a lot of ways by Donald Trump’s treatment of them. He, himself, is conflicted; he both maligns the press and uses the press. But I think the press has really risen to the challenge after Donald Trump made it very clear he thinks the press is the enemy the people."

Friday, April 7, 2017

War on the Brain: PTSD

Special correspondent to the PBS News Hour, Soledad O’Brien, did a 3-part series, War on the Brain.

One in five U.S. military personnel serving in combat will suffer some form of PTSD, but it often goes untreated because of the stigma associated with the disorder.

The series attempts to answer several key questions:
What stigma discourages veterans from seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress?
Can science make diagnosing PTSD less of an ordeal?
What are researchers around the country trying to nail down a more specific diagnosis of PTSD?

Watch video segment 1

Video segment 2

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Soledad O'Brien Speaks at Webster University

O'Brien at the Civil Rights Museum
A diverse crowd of people formed the audience as Soledad O’Brien spoke at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
“Stories of diversity make us all strong, and they’re interesting, and they fill in the gaps of history with the voices of the people who are not often heard,” O’Brien said.

“Controlling your narrative is where the power lies,” O’Brien said. “The media often controls the narrative. Sometimes, they have a bad habit of abusing that power.”

O’Brien also spoke earlier to a group of communications students and told them about the beginnings of her career as a journalist and the experiences that changed her life.

“As I was climbing the ladder, it never occurred to me that I could cover some of the biggest stories of our time,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien said that her first eye-opening experience as a journalist was when she covered the lasting effect of Fidel Castro’s rule. She said her previous stories lacked character depth until she had to uncover the motives of the people who supported him.

“Why were people lined up mourning a dictator?” O’Brien said. “Up until then, most of my stories lacked context. The poor were always poor. The mother who drowned her children was crazy, and everything was black and white.”

O’Brien said overgeneralization in news reporting is a problem in today’s media.

“There’s no nuance, you’re either good or you’re bad,” O’Brien said.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mentoring Peace Makers

Photo: Todd Plitt  via

Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien discussed "mentoring peace makers" along with esteemed actress Cicely Tyson at the annual Destiny Awards on February 22 at St. Philip's School & Community Center in Dallas.