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.
Born María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien, if it weren’t for her father’s persistence, she may never have been born.
“My parents were both immigrants—my mother from Cuba, my father from Australia. Both attended daily Mass at the church near campus,” she told press. “Every day my father would offer my mother a ride. Every day, she declined. Finally she said yes. One year later, the day after Christmas, the two of them were married.”
Here is O’Brien accepting the ‘NAACP Presidents Award’ during the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards in 2007.