Soledad O'Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe, making her one of the most recognizable names in journalism. In 2011, she won an Emmy® in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story Long Form for "Crisis in Haiti." O'Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its coverage of the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina, and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. The National Association of Black Journalists named O'Brien Journalist of the Year and the Edward R. Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award in 2010 for "Latino in America."
O'Brien has been integral in developing and hosting the award-winning "Black in America" franchise, one of CNN's most successful international franchises. In 2010, she wrote the critically acclaimed memoir "The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities," which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences. She is a graduate of Harvard University and will serve as a visiting fellow for the 2013-14 school year at the university's Graduate School of Education. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Foundation for the National Archives.
O'Brien joined Real Sports in June of 2013.