Soledad O'Brien: Television Journalist

Soledad O'Brien: Television Journalist

by David Robson
     
 

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For decades, television news remained dominated by white, male faces. But over the last 20 years, American broadcast journalism has increasingly reflected the diversity of the nation itself. Soledad O'Brien, biracial daughter of an Afro-Cuban mother and Australian father, first found fame as one beautiful TV reporter among many. But the Harvard graduate wanted to

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For decades, television news remained dominated by white, male faces. But over the last 20 years, American broadcast journalism has increasingly reflected the diversity of the nation itself. Soledad O'Brien, biracial daughter of an Afro-Cuban mother and Australian father, first found fame as one beautiful TV reporter among many. But the Harvard graduate wanted to be taken seriously. From her early career at NBC to her star-making turn on CNN's American Morning, Soledad has exuded a sharp intelligence and a determination to ask the right questions and share the most intriguing stories of her generation.

Yet for all her professionalism and promise, Soledad's career in the fickle world of TV news has sometimes met with tragedy and disappointment. The death of colleague David Bloom in Iraq and, later, her sudden firing from CNN's American Morning put her career in a temporary tailspin. Through it all, she has remained a vital media force by taking on special projects that make a difference, including Children of the Stormy Black in America, and Black in America 2. This new biography offers an in-depth portrait of one of today's most valued TV journalists.

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Children's Literature - Tiffany Erickson
From an internship in local news to national correspondent, Soledad O'Brien has had a long career in journalism. This biography addresses her professional career much more than her personal life and childhood and actually focuses more on her recent documentaries than her early career. The tone of this book is very impersonal as all the photos of O'Brien are press shots or lifted right off videotape. The only mention of her childhood is that her parents had an interracial marriage, and O'Brien and her siblings felt different at their Long Island school. A picture of an interracial couple is included in this chapter, but it is not a picture of O'Brien's parents but of Mildred and Richard Loving who fought to make interracial marriage legal in Virginia. Extra information is provided in colorful boxes throughout the text, however this information actually has little to do with O'Brien but rather people or subjects that she has encountered. Readers will learn very little about O'Brien through this book, but they might learn something about news networks and documentaries. Reviewer: Tiffany Erickson

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ISBN-13:
9781422216316
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Transcending Race in America: Biographies of Biracial Achievers Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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