Soledad O’Brien Biography
A native of St. James, New York, Soledad O’Brien is an American broadcast journalist who is the host for Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien on Hearst Television.
O’Brien is also a member of the Peabody Awards board of directors, which is presented by the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
In addition, Soledad is chairwoman of Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform media production company, and distributor that she founded in 2013.
Soledad O’Brien Education
O’Brien attended Smithtown High School East and graduated in 1984. She went on to join Radcliffe College from 1984 to 1988. She started as pre-med and English and American literature but left to take a job at WBZ-TV.
Later on, when Soledad was pregnant with her first child, she went back to school and received her degree from Harvard in English and American Literature in 2000.
Soledad O’Brien Age
O’Brien was born on September 19, 1966. She is 54 years old as of 2020.
Soledad O’Brien Parents
O’Brien is the daughter of Edward Ephrem O’Brien and Estela O’Brien. Her father Edward was a mechanical engineering professor at Stony Brook University. Her mother on the other side was a French and English teacher at Smithtown High School West.
Soledad’s father was from Toowoomba, Queensland, in Australia and is of three-quarters Irish and one-quarter Scottish descent. Her mother was from Havana, Cuba, and is of Afro-Cuban descent. Her mother came to the United States, sponsored by Oblate Sisters of Providence of Maryland when she was 14 years old.
Soledad’s parents got married in Washington, D.C. in 1958 since interracial marriage was illegal in Maryland before 1967. After the couple got married, they moved to Long Island, to the town of St. James.
Soledad O’Brien Siblings
O’Brien has 5 siblings and she is the fifth born of the six. Her siblings are law professor Maria Hylton, GE corporate lawyer Cecilia Vega, businessman Tony O’Brien, eye surgeon Estela Ogiste and anesthesiologist Orestes O’Brien.
Soledad O’Brien Husband
O’Brien is married to Brad Raymond. Her husband is the co-head of investment banking at Stifel. The couple got married in 1995 and have been together ever since.
Soledad O’Brien Children
O’Brien and her husband Raymond, have four children together. Their names are Sofia who was born in October 2000, Cecelia who was born in March 2002, and twin sons Charles and Jackson born in August 2004.
Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien
O’Brien is the host for Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, a nationally syndicated weekly talk show produced by Hearst Television. She has been the host of the show since September 2016.
The show focuses on political and socioeconomic issues affecting America. It ” promises to provide balanced coverage of issues that will impact the future and discuss what’s really going on in the country’s political scene.”
The Show ” includes interviews with decision-makers and people who influence policy and can help institute changes.”
According to O’Brien, her goal with the show is “to expand the conversation around the issues that truly matter with those who are most directly able to impact our everyday lives.”
Soledad O’Brien Net Worth
O’Brien has an estimated net worth of around $10 million.