Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes, and In Our Lives

Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture
UI Health Care Human Rights Week 2014: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion

Event Details

This event is free and open to the public

Thursday, January 23, 2014

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Prem Sahai Auditorium
Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF)
A reception will follow the lecture in the MERF atrium

Soledad O'Brien

soledad o'brien

Soledad O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, and producer.

She was the originator of the critically acclaimed documentary series Black in America and its follow-up, Latino in America, which are among CNN’s most popular and successful franchises. In 2013, Latino in America 2: In Her Corner, the story of a Latina boxer who dreams of Olympic glory, received the celebrated Cine Award for documentaries. O’Brien’s Gay in America: Gary and Tony Have a Baby and Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door also have won numerous journalism awards.

In 2013, O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the issues of race, class, wealth, poverty, and opportunity. Also in 2013, she joined Al Jazeera America and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel as a correspondent.

As a journalist, O'Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. In 2011, she won an Emmy for Crisis in Haiti, a report on Haitian orphanages following the massive earthquake. Last year, she won Emmys for her coverage of the 2012 U.S. presidential election and her work on Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a George Foster Peabody Award. She also received a Peabody Award for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast oil spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I. DuPont Award.

She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, which named her Journalist of the Year in 2010, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In addition, O’Brien sits on the board of directors of the After-School Corporation, a nonprofit organization focused on expanding learning opportunities for students.

O’Brien serves as executive producer and moderator of the National Geography Bee. In 2013, she joined Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow. She also was appointed to the board of directors of the foundation for The National Archives in Washington, D.C.