Soledad O'Brien: 1966—: Reporter Biography
Long Island Childhood, "goddess To The Geeks"
Television news anchor Soledad O'Brien generated a flurry of her own news stories after she began appearing on the cable network MSNBC in 1996. Hired as the host of its daily technology show, O'Brien and her dramatically exotic looks garnered a slew of fan mail and helped make her one of the news channel's rising stars. O'Brien eventually moved over to the NBC news division, and since 1999 has hosted the weekend edition of the Today show. Her fan base remains a dedicated one: Peter Brown, O'Brien's onetime boss at a Boston television station, praised her in an interview with San Francisco Chronicle writer Sylvia Rubin. "She's smart, a quick learner and proves that a really nice person can finish first," Brown effused.
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