Soledad O’Brien is a CNN Correspondent who currently hosts the CNN Special Investigations Unit. She is an award winning journalist who was criticized for her reporting during the 2008 Presidential campaign during which she reported false rumors about Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin as fact. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.

Soledad OBrien

Soledad O’Brien




We are all basking in the wall to wall coverage of everything Obama. There has been unprecedented coverage of politician, not just from the time he became President-elect, but from the moment he declared his candidacy. Its been all Obama all the time. The Main Stream Media (aka: Old Media) bristles at claims they have thrown unbiased reporting out the window in favor of participating in the marketing of their chosen politician.

Earlier today, Soledad O’Brien participated in a round table discussion with anchormen Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper in a discussion of the latest activities of Barack Obama. In particular, his whistle stop train trip to Washington, D.C. invoking Abraham Lincoln’s legacy to mingle with his own that has yet to evolve. During the discussion, O’Brien made an analogy comparing Obama to US Airways pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, who landed his plane in the Hudson River yesterday, saving all 155 passengers onboard.

Wolf Blitzer recalled “Soledad [O’Brien] and I were talking about this earlier and she was saying metaphorically in some ways, the pilot of that airplane is very much like Barack Obama — that he got the plane down safely, but everybody else had to join together to get out of the plane and pull together to get through that adversity. I thought that was an interesting metaphor.

Of course, they went on to criticize President George W. Bush, who has been nothing but gracious and helpful to the Obamas. Unbiased reporting?

O’Brien was called out during the campaign for reporting as fact that Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has slashed the state’s budget for special education by 62% when in fact, Palin had increased the special education budget. Regardless of the truth, the O’Brien report stood as fact in the minds of many people. Her attacks on Palin were so hostile that she criticized Palin for running for office when she has children even though O’Brien herself is female and has four children.

Soledad O’Brien Biography

María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien was born on September 19, 1966 on Long Island, New York. She is 42 years old. She is the second youngest in a sibship of six. Her parents were both immigrants to the United States. Her father, Edward O’Brien, immigrated from Australia and is of Irish descent. He was a professor of mechanical engineering. Her mother, Estella, immigrated from Cuba and was a French and English teacher. All of the O’Brien siblings went to Harvard University.

O’Brien started her career as a news writer and associate producer with an NBC affiliate in Boston. She joined NBC News in 1991 and worked in reporting and producing positions in New York and San Francisco. Her first anchor position was with MSNBC’s evening show The Site from 1996 to 1997. Over the next ten years she started making a name for herself covering disaster stories such as John F. Kennedy, Jr’s plane crash and school shootings. She covered Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

She moved to CNN in 2003 to co-anchor American Morning. Since then, she has filled in for anchors and anchored CNN specials, such Black in America and covered the 2008 elections.

O’Brien was awarded with the 2007 NAACP President’s Award. She has also received awards as one of America’s top 100 Irish Americans, top Latinas and top African Americans. She was also named among People Magazines top 50 most beautiful people in 2001 and 2004.

O’Brien married Bradley Raymond, an investment banker, in 1995. They have four children together. Daughters Sofia Elizabeth was born on October 23, 2000 and Cecilia was born on March 20, 2002. Twin sons Charlie and Jackson were born on August 30, 2004.




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Soledad O’Brien Interviews Michelle Obama – Video