O'Brien in NJ To Speak at the College of Saint Elizabeth

CNN news anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, author of the recently published book, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities, will appear at the College of Saint Elizabeth, March 2, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered by calling 973-290-4378 or email events@cse.edu. A book signing follows the conclusion of her speech.

O’Brien’s book chronicles her beginnings as a mixed-race child growing up in suburban Long Island, N.Y., and explains how those experiences have influenced her approach to her work. Using some of her biggest reporting moments as examples, she tells stories of how American opportunity, optimism, and generosity thrive in the face of enormous tragedy.

She writes, “Bad things happen until good people get in the way. I learn this life lesson…almost everywhere I go in pursuit of the next big story. People have an incredible potential to do good and make good and seize good from bad if they will only make the choice to do it.”

Commenting on O’Brien’s book, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric says, “Soledad is a living example of achieving the American dream. Because a door opened to her family, she has been able to accomplish so many things. Her life story shows that opportunity can create success… and success can create a sense of responsibility that can create opportunities for others. Soledad has paid it forward, cares deeply about the disenfranchised, and brings her unique personal experience to whatever story she may be covering.”

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