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CNN’s O'Brien to Speak at Kent State March 10

Posted Mar. 7, 2011

Kent State is hosting an evening with CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien on March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center ballroom.

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Soledad O'Brien

O’Brien is the anchor for CNN: Special Investigations Unit and has covered global news such as Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 South Asian tsunami and the war in Iraq.

She is also the author of Latino in America and will sign copies of the book immediately following the program.

“An Evening with Soledad O’Brien” is sponsored by Black United Students; the Center for Student Involvement; the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Student Multicultural Center; the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and the Women’s Center.

Danéa Rhodes, event programmer for Black United Students, says O’Brien’s speech will be valuable to both the general public and the university community.

“O’Brien is the host of CNN’s Black in America series,” Rhodes says. “We believe it is important for the students of Kent State to learn firsthand of her perspective on the series, as well as the issues prominent in our society.”

O’Brien is recognized as an award-winning newscaster, receiving a Gracie Allen Award for her 2007 coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, and the George Foster Peabody Award and Alfred I. DuPont Award for team coverage with CNN.

She has also been honored for her volunteerism and philanthropic efforts with the NAACP President’s Award, as well as the Soledad O’Brien Freedom’s Voice Award that was created for her by Community Voices at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Tickets are free for students and are available through the MAC Center ticket office, which can be reached at 330-672-2244.  The general public can purchase tickets for $15.

For more information, contact the Center for Student Involvement at 330-672-2480.

By Tom Crilley