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Soledad O'Brien - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
María de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien [1](b. September 19, 1966) is an American television journalist. She is an anchor of American Morning, the marquee morning newscast on the North American CNN television service. Her common surname with her co-anchor Miles O'Brien is a coincidence.
1 Personal life
2 Broadcasting career
3 Honors and recognitions
3.1 The Colbert Report
4 References
5 External links
[edit] Personal life
O'Brien's father is an Australian of Irish descent and her mother is Afro-Cuban. Her parents met at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland in 1958. In 1959, when they married, interracial marriage was illegal in Maryland—as it was in all southern states until the United States Supreme Court decided in Loving v. Virginia (1967) that interracial marriage bans were unconstitutional—so they married in Washington, D.C., and moved to the community of St. James in Smithtown, New York on Long Island, where Soledad was born and raised. On the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait, Don't tell Me O'Brien explained that in Spanish her full name means, "The Blessed Virgin Mary of Solitude." When she started working in TV, many people recommended that she change her name, but she refused. She also revealed that much of her fan mail comes from foot fetishists who request autographed photos of her wearing opened-toe shoes.[2]
Despite her partial Latina heritage, O'Brien admits she doesn't speak Spanish fluently. That has resulted in some awkward exchanges with people who assume she does, including former vice-president Al Gore. [1]
She is a graduate of Harvard University, with a degree in English language and American literature.
O'Brien has two daughters, Sofia (born 2000) and Cecilia (born 2002), and twin sons, Charlie and Jackson (born 2004).

[edit] Broadcasting career
O'Brien began anchoring CNN's flagship morning program from New York City in July 2003, when she joined the network. Years before, she was a regular correspondent known as the "Cyber Diver" on the Discovery Channel's show, The Know Zone.
O'Brien came to CNN from NBC News, where she had anchored Weekend Today since July 1999. During that time, she contributed reports for the weekday Today Show and for weekend editions of NBC Nightly News, and covered such notable stories as John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane crash and the 1990s school shootings in Colorado and Oregon. In 2003, she covered the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and later anchored NBC's weekend coverage of the War in Iraq

Miles O'Brien (journalist)
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Miles O'Brien (b. June 9, 1959) is a news anchor and reporter for CNN. He formerly co-hosted Live From, a weekday afternoon show on CNN's North American feed, alongside Kyra Phillips. He became a co-host of American Morning, alongside Soledad O'Brien (no relation) on June 20, 2005.
A licensed aircraft pilot, O'Brien is widely recognized as CNN's in-house expert on aviation, space exploration and space technology. He took over from John Holliman who was killed in a car accident in 1998. Prior to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, NASA was reportedly close to announcing that O'Brien would be, or would be a candidate to be, the first American journalist in space. After the destruction of the Columbia and a suspension of the Space Shuttle program, the idea was shelved [1].
O'Brien is originally from the Detroit area and attended the prestigious University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, later graduating from Georgetown University. He began his career in journalism at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. as an assignment editor in 1982. He would later go on to KQTV St. Joseph, Missouri, then to WNYT-TV in Albany, New York. He later went to WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he won his first Emmy Award for coverage of the 1984 chlorine gas leak disaster in Bhopal. In 1987, he went to report at WCVB-TV in Boston.
O'Brien was awarded the Space Communicator Award from the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement for outstanding media coverage of space reporting.

Miles O'Brien (Star Trek)
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Miles O'Brien
Chief Miles O'Brien
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USS Rutledge tactical officer
USS Enterprise-D helmsman, transporter chiefDeep Space Nine chief of operationsUSS Defiant chief engineerStarfleet Academy instructor
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Colm Meaney
Senior Chief Petty Officer Miles Edward O'Brien, played by Colm Meaney, is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe. He first appears as a flight control officer in Star Trek: The Next Generation's pilot episode, but he subsequently appears as a transporter operator in TNG and as Deep Space Nine's chief of operations in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In DS9's finale, O'Brien is set to leave the station to teach at Starfleet Academy.

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