Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien Premieres

CNN's American Morning signed off on Friday, after ten years on the air. It will be replaced by two new programs. The first show is Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield & Zoraida Sambolin from 5-7 a.m. which will lead into Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien from 7-9 a.m.

Starting Point marks the return of former American Morning anchor, Soledad O'Brien. American Morning was created in the months following the September 11th attacks and was based in New York City. O'Brien left the morning anchor job to work on CNN documentaries and special programming in 2007.

Her 2009 project, Latino in America, was a wide-ranging look at Latinos living in this country. Earlier that year, 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 original Black in America in 2008 was a revealing look at the state of Black America 40 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

She will debut on Starting Point live from Des Moines, Iowa on January 3, 2012.

The shows will be up against cable favorites Fox News' Fox and Friends, and MSNBC's Morning Joe, and the major network morning shows such as NBC's Today.

You can follow the new shows on Twitter and Facebook.

Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield & Zoraida Sambolin
Twitter: @earlystartcnn
Facebook: Facebook.com/earlystartcnn

Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien
Twitter: @startingptcnn
Facebook: Facebook.com/startingpointcnn
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