O'Brien, Soledad 1966–

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O'Brien, Soledad 1966–


Full name, Maria de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien; born September 19, 1966, in St. James, NY; daughter of Edward (a mechanical engineer and professor) and Estella (a high school teacher) O'Brien; married Brad Raymond (an investment banker), 1995; children: Sophia Elizabeth, Cecilia, Charlie and Jackson (twins). Education: Harvard University, B.A., c. 2000.


Office—Cable News Network, 820 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002–4243. Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Broadcast journalist. KISS–FM Radio, Boston, MA, affiliated with the talk shows Health Week in Review and Second Opinion, 1989; WBZ–TV, Boston, news writer and associate producer of Eyewitness News: First Edition; KRON–TV, San Francisco, CA, local reporter and bureau chief; NBC–TV, New York City, field producer for news programs, 1991–93, member of national news staff, 1993–2003; Cable News Network, Washington, DC, member of news staff, 2003—. Women's Wire (Internet Web site), technology columnist; USA Weekend (magazine), contributing technology editor. Harlem School for the Arts, member of board of directors.


National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Awards, Honors:

Local Emmy award, 1995, for The Know Zone; Hispanic Achievement Award in Communications, 1997; ALMA Award nomination, outstanding host of a national information program, American Latin Media Arts Awards, 1999, for MSNBC Morning Blend; ALMA Award nominations, outstanding correspondent, anchor, and/or host of a national news program or special, 2000, and outstanding correspondent or anchor of a national news program, 2002, both for Weekend Today; George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Georgia, 2005, for coverage of Hurricane Katrina; named Woman of Power, National Urban League, 2006; Cable Vision Award, National Association of Minorities, 2006.


Television Appearances; Series:

Cohost, The Know Zone, The Discovery Channel, 1995.

Host, The Site, MSNBC, 1996–97.

Anchor, MSNBC Live (also known as MSNBC Dayside and MSNBC Right Now), MSNBC, 1998–99.

Host, MSNBC Morning Blend, MSNBC, beginning 1998.

Cohost, Weekend Today, NBC, 1999–2003.

Coanchor, American Morning, Cable News Network, 2003—.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Presenter, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, HBO, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Correspondent, Imaging America, PBS, 1997.

Presenter, 13th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, NBC, 1999.

Online moderator, Summit in Silicon Valley, MSNBC, 2000.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, 2003.

CNN Daybreak, Cable News Network, 2004.

Paula Zahn Now, Cable News Network, 2006.

Film Appearances:

Herself, New Orleans Story (documentary), Intelli-Films, 2006.



Contemporary Hispanic Biography, Volume 1, Gale, 2002.


Entertainment Weekly, January 10, 1997.

Hispanic, October, 1996, p. 9; June, 2005.

Jet, December 20, 2004, p. 26.

Parents, October, 2001.

People Weekly, June 16, 1997, p. 108; May 8, 2000, p. 148.

San Francisco Chronicle, April 15, 1997.

Washington Post, June 10, 1997.

Woman's Day, April 15, 2004, p. 87; May 10, 2005, p. 24.

Woman's World, August 17, 2004, p. 7.


CNN Online,http://www.cnn.com, September 13, 2006.

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