CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien to speak Friday at St. Thomas

CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien to speak Friday at St. Thomas

Soledad O'Brien, an award-winning CNN anchor and correspondent for its Special Investigations Unit, will speak at St. Thomas as part of the Family Weekend activities.

Soledad O'Brien

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.

O'Brien came to CNN from NBC News, where she anchored the network's "Weekend Today" program since July 1999. She is anchoring and reporting in-depth on important stories across the country and the world and anchors Special Investigations Unit specials throughout the year.

In 2007, O'Brien garnered a Gracie Allen Award for her reporting from Cyprus on the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict as well as her reports from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Also this year, the NAACP honored her with its President's Award in recognition of her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence, and she is slated to receive the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay's 2007 Clara Barton Humanitarian Award. O'Brien is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and American literature.

This event is sponsored by STAR (St. Thomas Activities and Recreation) and the University Lectures Committee.