Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien

Commencement address

Soledad O'Brien to give UD Commencement address May 26


11:49 a.m., March 13, 2012--Emmy-winning correspondent Soledad O'Brien will deliver the Commencement address at the University of Delaware's 163rd Commencement, scheduled at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 26, in Delaware Stadium on the Newark campus. 

Commencement is an outdoor ceremony, held rain or shine, and is open to the public. 

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Special correspondent and anchor for the CNN morning show Starting Point, O'Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning documentaries on many of today's major issues.

"As an award-winning journalist, Soledad O'Brien has witnessed and reported on many of the major news stories of our time, including the earthquake in Haiti, the Gulf oil spill and Hurricane Katrina," said Pete Hayward, vice president and University secretary. "She has an exceptional perspective to share with the University's newest graduates and their families."

In 2011, O'Brien won an Emmy for outstanding live coverage of the crisis in Haiti. She was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody Award for reporting on the Gulf oil spill and the tsunami in Southeast Asia. The National Association of Black Journalists has named her journalist of the year, and she received the Radio Television Digital News Association's Unity Award for her documentary "Latino in America" in 2010. 

Her most recent documentaries include "Black in America: The New Promised Land -- Silicon Valley"; "Latino in America 2: In Her Corner," the story of U.S. Olympic hopeful Marlen Esparza; "The Women of 9/11," an investigation into the lives of female rescue workers who responded to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks; "Don't Fail Me: Education in America"; and "Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door." 

Before joining CNN, she was at NBC News, where she anchored the network's Weekend Today and MSNBC's award-winning technology program The Site

A graduate of Harvard University, O'Brien has written a critically acclaimed memoir, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities, which chronicles her reporting achievements and how her upbringing and background have influenced them. 

Commencement information

Details about the University’s 163rd Commencement are available on a special University website

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