Illinois State University Speaker Series: Soledad O’Brien
University Housing Services welcomes award-winning journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien as the featured speaker for the Latino Cultural Dinner. Tickets will be available online until October 28 or until sold out. Tickets are $20, or university meal plan holders may use a meal swipe to make a reservation in exchange for one meal. Tickets are available online. For more details about the event, visit Housing.IllinoisState.edu.
As the host of the Sunday morning syndicated political show, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, she has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people and events of the day. A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America. While a contributing editor, reporting in-depth news magazine pieces for PBS NewsHour, she was a correspondent for HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. A prominent philanthropist, O’Brien is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition and expenses for young women.
Earlier in her career, O’Brien co-anchored on Weekend Today, and contributed segments to the Today show and NBC Nightly News. In 2003, O’Brien joined CNN, where she anchored the morning news program for many years. O’Brien’s coverage of race issues won her two Emmy awards and she earned a third for her reporting on the 2012 presidential election. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina for CNN earned her and the network a George Foster Peabody Award. She also won the Peabody for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast oil spill, and her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I. DuPont Award.
The talk is part of the Illinois State University Speaker Series which seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process.