We love our Latina magazine contributor Soledad O'Brien, and it seems we're not the only ones. The Cuban American broadcast journalist will be joining Al Jazeera America to produce long-form documentaries and appear as a special correspondent on the primetime newsmagazine America Tonight.
"I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories," she said in a statement.
O'Brien has had quite the career and we're highlighting six of her biggest career moves before Al Jazeera:
Soledad began her career with NBC in 1991 as a field producer for Nightly News and Today. In July 1999, she began co-anchoring Weekend Today, and during that same time, she contributed reports for the Today Show and weekend editions of NBC Nightly News.
In the early 90s, Soledad was featured on a regular segement of a show called The Next Step -- a tech program that showcased the latest in cutting-edge technology.
Soledad's first solo anchoring gig came in 1996 on an MSNBC tech show called The Site. What made this show so unique was her interaction with a virtual character named Dev Null.
A great deal of Soledad's broadcasting career was also spent with CNN. In July 2003, she joined the network's flagship morning program American Morning. In 2005, Soledad covered the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and interviewed the head of FEMA Michael Brown. This reporting effort won her the Gracie Allen Award in 2007 and the Goodermote Humanitarian Award in 2008.
Soledad's CNN accomplishments include her first Emmy for Crisis in Haiti in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form; helping the network earn a George Foster Peabody award; creating Latino in America and Black in America; and receiving the NAACP President’s Award in 2007 for her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence.
Soledad launched her own production company called Starfish Media Group in February of this year. A huge move for this former CNN anchor, who will continue to produce pieces for the network. In June, Soledad's media company signed a deal granting HBO first look rights for new programs or concepts it develops.
On June 12, 2013, it was announced that Soledad would be joining HBO's sports newsmagazine Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel -- her first anchor position since leaving CNN.