CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien has reported on many of the definitive moments of our time. On Thursday, Nov. 10, she will offer her insights in a public lecture titled “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and in Our Lives” at 7:30 PM in the UNC Charlotte Student Union, Multipurpose Room.
O’Brien joined CNN in 2003, and is widely recognized for contributions to “Latino in America” and “Black in America.” She has produced a number of award-winning documentaries that focus on race, education, diversity, identity, humanitarianism and change, including “Almighty Debt” and “Gary and Tony Have a Baby.”
As co-anchor for CNN’s “American Morning,” O’Brien was on the scene in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, in Thailand following the tsunami in 2004 and in London during the terrorist attack in 2005. Prior to CNN, she worked for NBC News, originally as a field producer for “Nightly News” and “TODAY.” She anchored “Weekend Today” from 1999 to 2003.
O’Brien, who attended Harvard from 1984 to 1988, completed her bachelor’s degree in 2000. Her work has been honored by a number of organizations – the National Association of Black Journalists named her Journalist of the Year in 2010, and the Edward R. Murrow Awards gave her its RTDNA/Unity Award for “Latino in America.” In 2009, O’Brien received the Excellence in Leadership and Community Service Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Tickets to O’Brien’s Nov. 10 lecture are free for UNC Charlotte students, $10 for faculty/staff and $15 for the public. Students can pick up tickets starting Monday, Oct. 17, at the Halton Arena Box Office; for all others, tickets go on sale Thursday, Oct. 20 and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 704-687-4949, or online.