“Mysteries & Scandals” Premieres

When it comes to infamous true crime cases, OJ Simpson’s arrest and subsequent acquittal in the 1994 murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman tops the list.

The former professional athlete escaped conviction in 1996, was later sued by the victims’ families, and ended up arrested for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping. His alleged involvement in the first crime was the subject of quite a few TV programs in 2016 — including the Academy Award-winning documentary “OJ: Made in America” and the Emmy Award-winning scripted limited series “The People v. OJ Simpson.”

“I spent a lot of time as a reporter covering OJ Simpson. One of my jobs was to literally sit on the steps of OJ’s mother’s house and see if I could get her to comment — for weeks at a time,” says Soledad O’Brien, host and executive producer of “Mysteries & Scandals.”

Last year, OJ was granted parole and released after serving nine years for armed robbery and kidnapping and Soledad O'Brien's true crime docu-series “Mysteries & Scandals” debuted this month with a story about OJ and the time he spent in prison.

Subsequent episodes include the death Bobbi Kristina Brown with connections to her mother Whitney Houston’s death a few years earlier), and the very public deaths of Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith, as well as studies of serial killers such as Richard Ramirez and Aileen Wuornos.

“Mysteries & Scandals” premiered January 5 at 9pm on Oxygen.


Mysteries & Scandals With Soledad O'Brien

Mysteries & Scandals, hosted and executive produced by Emmy® and Peabody Award winner Soledad O'Brien, will premiere January 5 at 9pm ET/PT. The 13 episode, hour-long series investigates some of the most legendary and intriguing crimes, murders, and scandals that shook the nation and impacted pop culture through vivid first-hand accounts, re-enactments and archival footage.

The series comes from Oxygen Media and Wilshire Studios and will feature notorious true crime stories. O'Brien will give viewers exclusive access to family members, friends, witnesses, detectives and jury members directly impacted and involved in each circumstance.

The series explores celebrity tragedies such as Bobbi Kristina Brown and Whitney Houston's disturbing parallel deaths, the mysterious demise of both Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith and the crimes and punishment of O.J. Simpson. Additionally, Soledad will take a deep dive into the Wonderland Murders, notorious serial killers of the '80s such as Richard Ramirez and Aileen Wuornos, the odd and captivating Slenderman Attacks, and more.

Soledad O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. O'Brien's coverage of race issues won her two Emmy awards and she earned a third for her reporting on the 2012 presidential election. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina for CNN earned her and the network a George Foster Peabody Award. She also won the Peabody for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill, and her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I. DuPont Award.

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Who Could Replace Charlie Rose?

Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffrey tweeted that it would be "a great idea to offer the spot to one of the many competent, successful female journalists working today. ELLE suggested 10 Women Who Could Replace Charlie Rose.

One of their nominations is Soledad O’Brien who they describe as "a seasoned anchor and correspondent, having appeared on MSNBC, CNN, HBO, and NBC, as well as her current show, Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien. She also serves as the CEO of Starfish Media Group, a media production and distribution company."


Soledad O'Brien at NATPE

Soledad O’Brien will interview Sony Pictures Entertainment chair and CEO Tony Vinciquerra in a a a keynote conversation on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at NATPE in Miami Beach.

The overall theme of this year’s convention is “A Changing Industry in a Changing World,” and Bommel said streaming, over-the-top and digital will be topics that flow through the entire conference.

Facebook head of global and creative strategy Ricky Van Veen also will participate in the conference’s new Streaming Summit.

NATPE will be held January 16-18, 2018, at the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Miami Beach Resorts.

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a professional association of television and emerging media executives. The organization was established in 1963. It is best known for its annual NATPE Market & Conference, which is the only American programming market serving the worldwide television community.


Soledad O'Brien on Campus at William & Mary

Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien will visit William & Mary this month as the university’s Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics. She will give a public lecture on November 14.

Her campus visit is part of a yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of African-Americans in residence at William & Mary. Her public lecture, titled “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes, and in Our Lives."

O’Brien is currently the anchor for the nationally syndicated show Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien and chair and founder of the PowHERful Foundation (formerly Starfish Media Group).

Soledad is also the host of American Graduate Day, a public media effort to highlight individuals and organizations that are working to improve the high school graduation rate and put the nation's youth on a pathway to career success.