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O’Brien 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. In 2013, O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group (SMG), a multi-platform media production and distribution company dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity through personal narratives.
O’Brien was the originator of the highly successful CNN documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America.” Through SMG, O’Brien produces additional programming for CNN as well as for Al Jazeera America in the form of documentaries and feature stories. She also is a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” and hosts specials for the National Geographic Channel.
Earlier in her career, O’Brien co-anchored “Weekend Today” on NBC and contributed segments to the “Today” show and “NBC Nightly News.” In 2003, she joined CNN, where she anchored the morning news program. O’Brien’s coverage of race issues has 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 a Peabody for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast oil spill, and her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami helped CNN win an Alfred I. DuPont Award.
O’Brien was named journalist of the year in 2010 by the National Association of Black Journalists and was one of Newsweek’s “10 People who Make America Great” in 2006. In 2013, Harvard University, her alma mater, named O’Brien a Distinguished Fellow. That same year, she was also appointed to the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Archives
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