O'Brien On Diversity at NCC

The Nassau Community College Black History Month committee brought Soledad O’Brien, award-winning CNN anchor and special correspondent, to campus to speak about "Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and in Our Lives" on February 9th.

Soledad O’Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN. Since joining the network in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and produced award-winning documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. In 2009, O’Brien reported for Black in America 2, a four-hour documentary focusing on successful community leaders who are improving the lives of African Americans. O’Brien’s reporting for Black in America in 2008 revealed the state of Black America 40 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She has also reported for the CNN documentary Words that Changed a Nation, featuring a never-before-seen look at Dr. King’s private writings and notes. Prior to joining CNN, O’Brien worked for NBC, having begun her career at various NBC affiliates.

O’Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody Award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage and an Alfred I duPont Award for its coverage of the tsunami. Among her numerous other awards are an NAACP President’s Award for her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence; a Gracie Allen Award for her reporting; and a 2009 Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

O’Brien is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

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