O'Brien To Speak On Diversity in Dayton

Following two weeks of Presidential convention coverage, Soledad ‘OBrien will kick off the University of Dayton’s 2008-2009 Diversity Lecture Series on the UD campus.

CNN newscaster Soledad O'Brien will address "Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and in Our Lives" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Kennedy Union Ballroom at the University of Dayton. The talk, free and open to the public.

O'Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN: Special Investigations Unit and covers political news. Most recently, she reported for CNN Presents: Black in America. It's the highest-rated documentary series in CNN's history.

As a CNN correspondent, she covered President George W. Bush's visit to Mexico, delivering a series of reports on conditions that fuel illegal immigration to the United States.

She also anchored and reported a highly-acclaimed CNN documentary featuring a never-before-seen look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s private writings, notes and teachings.

After extensive coverage of the Hurricane Katrina impact on New Orleans, he worked on the "Children of the Storm" project. This provided video cameras to young Hurricane Katrina survivors so they could tell their stories in their own words and images.

In 2004, she was among a handful of CNN anchors sent to Phuket, Thailand, to cover the disaster and aftermath of the tsunami.

She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English and American literature.

The University of Dayton's Diversity Lecture Series is part of a larger strategic plan to increase inclusion and diversity on campus and prepare students, faculty, staff and the Dayton community for success in a global society. Past speakers have included Andrew Young, Coretta Scott King, Spike Lee, Kirk Franklin, Clarence Page, Nikki Giovanni, Azar Nafisi and Johnnetta B. Cole. The University of Dayton's commitment to diversity is founded in its Catholic heritage of social justice and the Marianist tradition of equality and being inclusive of people from all segments of society.

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