Soledad O'Brien may've caught out attention with her "Black in America" series on CNN, but the bi-racial broadcaster has done so much more during her career. Beginning as a producer more than two decades ago, O'Brien has earned her spot at the top as one of the country's best broadcasters. We're honored to have her join us at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience on July 6-8. Here's a look back at her journey.
Starting out as a producer for an NBC affiliate in Boston, O’Brien rose to become a field producer for Nightly News and Today. Then she moved to San Francisco to serve as bureau chief and reporter on KRON’s The Know Zone. Joining MSNBC’s The Site in 1996, she departed to co-anchor Weekend Today in 1999. In 2003 she began co-anchoring CNN’s American Morning. Following the show’s cancellation, she contributed to Anderson Cooper’s 360 with Anderson Cooper and joined Starting Point, CNN’s newest morning program, in 2012.
Here she is attending “A Tribute To The Music of Motown” after party in February 2012.