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Soledad O’Brien
Anchor > CNN

Soledad O’Brien, who joined CNN in 2003, is the co-anchor of American Morning, the network’s flagship morning program.

At CNN, she was part of the team that won a George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. She also was part of the team that won an Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia.

Before joining CNN, O’Brien anchored NBC’s Weekend Today show. Notable stories she covered included the disaster of the space shuttle Columbia, the Columbine school shootings, the Pope’s historic visit to Cuba, the custody case of Elián González, the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. in a plane crash, Yasser Arafat’s burial, the funeral of Pope John Paul II and every other major news story during the past decade.

O’Brien was the only broadcast journalist to travel with Laura Bush to Paris and Moscow. She has reported from Cuba (from Havana and Guantanamo Bay) and London (on the terror attacks), and she has reported from Cyprus and Jerusalem on the hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.

In 2005, O’Brien received the Vision Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Ruben Salazar Award for Communication from the National Council of La Raza. In 2006, she was honored as one of the National Urban League’s “Women of Power” and received the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications.

In addition, Newsweek magazine named her to its list of “15 People Who Make America Great” as part of its inaugural Giving Back Awards in 2006. O’Brien, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, also won an Emmy Award for anchoring The Know Zone on Discovery Channel.