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Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O'Brien


New York, NY USA

"Just because somebody says you can't, doesn't necessarily mean you can't. So how bad do you want it?"

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Soledad's work combines: Journalism, Television, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

CNN Anchor/Special Correspondent

I produce experiential, character-driven documentaries that illuminate the challenging issues facing real people today.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Broadcast Journalism

    Harvard University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    A defining moment for her was seeing her mom stop and watch as the principal disciplined one of the only black kids at her school.

  • 2.

    Because her mom watching, the principal was pressured to speak to the child with the respect he deserved (which might not have happened otherwise).

  • 3.

    She says that seeing the power of acting as a faithful witness was one of the first experiences that made her want to become a journalist.

  • 4.

    Left Harvard to start working in TV news and she fell in love with the job on the very first day.

  • 5.

    She worked her way up from production assistant, to writer trainee, to her first reporting job at an NBC affiliate in San Francisco.

  • 6.

    Always set three goals for herself before every broadcast; it'd be things as small as, "stop nodding your head so much."

  • 7.

    She encourages road-trippers to be really good in the moment, no matter what they're doing, because it will pay off down the line.

  • 8.

    Says she got to where she is by always taking jobs that stretched her and scared her, and by refusing to take "no" for an answer.