CNN's Soledad O'Brien Named Journalist of the Year by Black Journalists Group
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 22, 2010 -- The National
Association of Black Journalists named CNN's Soledad O'Brien Journalist
of the Year at its spring Board of Directors meeting.
O'Brien will join other top honorees at the association's Salute to
Excellence Gala, on July 31 in San Diego, during NABJ's 35th Annual
Convention and Career Fair, the largest gathering of minority
journalists in the country.
O'Brien is the impetus of CNN's acclaimed "In America" franchise, which began with CNN's "Black In America"
in 2008,a groundbreaking documentary, which took an in-depth look at
the challenges confronting blacks in America. In 2009 CNN followed up
with "Black In America 2," a project which didn't just seek to highlight
challenges, but also acknowledged the efforts by those in the community
to come up with proven solutions to the most pressing issues facing the
black community."Black In America 2" was the highest-rated
cable news documentary of 2009, sparking conversations and town hall
gatherings across the country to further examine the intersection of
race, class and gender, subjects that can be challenging for the media
"Soledad's work in the ‘Black in America' series offered
extraordinary and gripping stories of successful community leaders who
are improving the lives of African-Americans," said NABJ President Kathy
Y. Times. "This was an example of great reporting, and through her work
and platform she shared the stories in our communities that often go
untold. She is truly worthy of NABJ's Journalist of the Year honor."
O'Brien crisscrossed the U.S. and included reporting from Ghana and
South Africa as she uncovered the people and programs at the forefront
of change – people inspiring volunteerism, programs that are improving
access to quality healthcare and education, and leaders working to
address financial disparities and develop strong families.
"Soledad is a solid journalist with a long list of accomplishments,"
said Bob Butler, NABJ Vice-President of Broadcast. "Her reporting is
always done with great thought and perspective. We are proud to have her
in the NABJ family."
O'Brien is currently an anchor and special correspondent for CNN. She
joined the network in July 2003 as the co-anchor of the network's
flagship morning program, "American Morning," and distinguished herself
by reporting from the scene on the transformational stories that broke
on her watch, including Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Southeast
Asia. During CNN's Katrina coverage, O'Brien's reports on the storm's
impact included an in-depth interview with former FEMA chief Michael
Brown. She also covers political news as part of CNN's "Best Political
Team on Television." Earlier, O'Brien spent 12 years at NBC News where
she anchored Weekend Today, and was one of the original anchors of
The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala recognizes journalism that
best covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the
worldwide black community during 2009.
NABJ's 35th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place July
28- August 1 in San Diego, Calif. For additional information, ticket
sales, registration, please visit us at www.nabj.org.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the
largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more
than 4,100 members, and provides educational, career development and
support to black journalists worldwide.