Happy Birthday to Maria de la Soledad O’Brien

Happy Birthday to Maria de la Soledad O’Brien, born on September 19, 1966 in Saint James, New York.  O’Brien’s parents were both immigrants; her mother is Afro-Cuban and her father is Irish-Australian. Her complex interracial heritage has influenced her profession.  O’Brien said of her work at CNN, “One of the things that has been a real strength, and a real value in our ‘Black in America’ and ‘Latino in America’ series is that we push on those uncomfortable questions.”  O’Brien’s breakout project was hosting the Emmy-award-winning cable television program, “The Site”. The globe-trotting anchorwoman hosted CNN’s daily “Starting Point” morning news program.  The Harvard graduate has received many accolades for her work, including the George Foster Peabody award and the President’s Award from the NAACP.  (Image from CNN Starting Point)

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