News anchor and journalist Soledad O’Brien will present Diversity: On TV, Behind The Scenes and In Our Lives on Nov. 5 as part of the Cultural Enhancement Series at WKU.
O’Brien’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. Admission is free. Doors to Van Meter Hall will open at 6:30 p.m.; auditorium doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for seating. Seating is first-come, first-served.
The 17th season of WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series will continue with Abigail Washburn with Kai Welch featuring Wu Fei introducing the Wu-Force (Feb. 4), Dr. Cornel West (Feb. 21) and Dr. Michio Kaku (March 17). To learn more about each event, visit the Season Information page.
About Soledad O’Brien: An award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer, O’Brien was the originator of Black in America and Latino in America documentary series. In June 2013 she launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform 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 stories. Starfish Media Group continues to produce Black in America and Latino in America and other programming for CNN. Also, in June 2013, O’Brien joined Al Jazeera America and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel as a correspondent.
O’Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. In 2011 she won an Emmy for “Crisis in Haiti Report” on Haitian orphanages, following the massive earthquake. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a George Foster Peabody award. She also received another Peabody award for her coverage of the BP Gulf coast Oil Spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I DuPont award.
O’Brien’s critically acclaimed documentary series Black in America and its follow-up Latino in America are among CNN’s most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2013 Latino in America 2, the story of a Latina boxer who dreams of Olympic glory, won the celebrated Cine Award for documentaries. Her documentary Gay in America: Gary and Tony Have a Baby and Unwelcome, the Muslims Next Door also won numerous journalism awards. O’Brien was named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek magazine’s “10 People Who Make America Great.” In 2013, O’Brien joined Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the foundation for The National Archives.
O’Brien is also the Moderator and Executive Producer of the National Geographic Bee. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O’Brien and her husband Brad created a foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. In 2013 they will award scholarships to 25 deserving young women. O’Brien lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.
Contact: Kelly Scott, (270) 745-4375.