Soledad O’Brien to speak at Student Center Ballroom

Daniel Moore

CNN anchor and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien will speak to Kent State students Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. 

During “An Evening with Soledad O’Brien,” she will speak on the topic of “Diversity on TV: Behind the Scenes and In Our Lives.” O’Brien will reference her work as host of CNN’s “In America,” said Danea Rhodes, programmer for Black United Students.

“An Evening with Soledad O’Brien” is presented by:

  • Black United Students
  • Center for Student Involvement
  • Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • The School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Student Multicultural Center
  • Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • Women’s Center

BUS is sponsoring the event, along with several other departments and organizations.

Rhodes said O’Brien will sign copies of her new book “Latino in America” immediately following the program.

O’Brien is an award-winning newscaster on “CNN Special Investigations Unit” and has covered global news such as the war in Iraq and the South Asian tsunami, according to a press release. She received the Gracie Allen Award for her 2007 coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict and, for her team coverage with CNN, the George Foster Peabody Award and Alfred I. DuPont Award. She also won the NAACP President’s Award, which recognized her volunteer efforts. 

“I think it will bring a different perspective,” Rhodes said. “We get the opportunity to get someone’s perspective who has been in the front lines.”  

The program is free to all Kent State students and $15 for the general public. 

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