2016 NASW National Conference Speaker
Emmy and Peabody award winning Media Journalist and Correspondent
“Step out of the space you’re in. Use fear to grow. We can change lives, starting with our own.” - Soledad O’Brien
Leading media journalist, Soledad O’Brien has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting, bringing wider exposure to some of the most important issues and stories in the world through her coverage of breaking news, critically acclaimed documentaries and empowering initiatives. Her critically acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America are among CNN’s most successful domestic and international franchises.
In 2013, she launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity. Her projects include her documentary series, Latino in America 2, which won the distinguished Cine Award for documentaries and she is currently touring to promote Black in America. O’Brien is also a special correspondent for Al Jazeera’s flagship show, America Tonight and a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
An authentic, engaging speaker, she offers a behind-the-scenes look at her work and inspiring, empowering narratives about the importance of making a difference and her commitment to exploring and uncovering the most important issues and stories in the world.
Peabody Award recipient for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and BP oil spill, Emmy Award recipient for reporting on the earthquake in Haiti, coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election, and work on “Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture.” Selected member, RAND Corporation’s 2015 Board of Trustees, recipient of NAACP President’s Award (2007), and named one of Newsweek’s “15 People Who Make America Great”(2006).
TEDx Conference Presentations by Soledad O’Brien: Why Would You Put a Baby Behind Bars?