CNN's Soledad O'Brien to Present Diversity Lecture

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 15, 2009) -- Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, news anchor and special correspondent for CNN, will talk about “Diversity on TV, Behind the Scenes and in Our Lives” in a special appearance at Saint Joseph’s University on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m.

Part of SJU’s Diversity Lecture Series, the event will take place in the Banquet Hall of the Campion Student Center on the University’s Philadelphia campus, 5600 City Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

O’Brien’s talk comes just days after the broadcast (Oct. 21-22) of her newest CNN Productions documentary series, “Latino in America,” based on her just-published book with the same title and co-authored by Rose Marie Arce.  In an excerpt from the book, posted online by CNN, she writes:  “I worry about our future if the current young Latino generation feel like strangers in the land where they were born or end up resentful because they have seen their parents and their culture demonized by the people around them…I truly believe more Latino journalists need to be talking about the future; about what will happen if this nation does not embrace the biggest cultural change of its lifetime and to educate people about it.”

O’Brien joined CNN in 2003 from NBC News where she anchored the network’s Weekend Today.  The NAACP honored her with its President’s Award in 2007 for her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence, and she was part of the team that earned CNN a Peabody Award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage.  She also helped cover the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the London terrorism attacks of 2005.

Her critically acclaimed “CNN Presents:  Black in America” in 2008 revealed the state of Black America 40 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She followed it with “Black in America 2,” a four-hour documentary focusing on successful community leaders who are improving the lives of African-Americans.

O’Brien is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

For more information:  Saint Joseph’s University Office of Multicultural Life, 610-660-1141.

Media Contact

Harriet K. Goodheart, Assistant Vice President for University Communications, 610-660-1532,

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