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Soledad O'Brien speaks to a crowd of students gathered in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
Soledad O'Brien speaks to a crowd of students gathered in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
Soledad O'Brien, a CNN anchor and special correspondent since 2003, speaks to student leaders and members of Black United Students before her lecture in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
Soledad O'Brien, a CNN anchor and special correspondent since 2003, speaks to student leaders and members of Black United Students before her lecture in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien greets students in the Hub before her speech in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien greets students in the Hub before her speech in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
Soledad O'Brien jokes with students during a book signing following her speech in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
Soledad O'Brien jokes with students during a book signing following her speech in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
With a camera crew in tow, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien speaks with student leaders before her lecture in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
With a camera crew in tow, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien speaks with student leaders before her lecture in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
  • Soledad O'Brien speaks to a crowd of students gathered in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
  • Soledad O'Brien, a CNN anchor and special correspondent since 2003, speaks to student leaders and members of Black United Students before her lecture in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
  • CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien greets students in the Hub before her speech in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
  • Soledad O'Brien jokes with students during a book signing following her speech in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
  • With a camera crew in tow, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien speaks with student leaders before her lecture in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

CNN's Soledad O’Brien
Spoke at Kent State

Tom Crilley | 03/11/2011
Kent State University hosted an evening with CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien on March 10 in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

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.

Danéa Rhodes, event programmer for Kent State’s Black United Students, said O’Brien’s speech was valuable to both the general public and the university community.

"O'Brien is the host of CNN's ‘Black in America’ series," Rhodes said. "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 also has 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.

"An Evening with Soledad O'Brien" was sponsored by the university's 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.