Because Bravesfan demanded it, The Iowa State Daily’s Kristin Arneson has a mini-profile of American Morning’s Soledad O’Brien. Ok, I’m kidding about Bravesfan demanding it…
Mentoring has been a vital aspect to the career of Soledad O’Brien, co-anchor of CNN’s “American Morning” show.
Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center, said O’Brien was chosen to come to Iowa State because she speaks about topics related to leadership and politics, such as mentoring. Her African-American, Hispanic and Irish background also brings diversity to the journalism world, she said.
“She is the most visible Hispanic woman in television and news,” Bystrom said.
O’Brien has been named this fall’s Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. This position was created in 1995 to honor Smith, a strong female political leader from Iowa. The position brings prominent women leaders from across the nation to come speak at Iowa State.
O’Brien joined CNN in 2003 after anchoring NBC’s “Weekend Today” show from 1999 to 2003. Some of her recent coverage stories have included the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. In the fall of 2003, O’Brien was the only broadcast journalist allowed to travel with first lady Laura Bush to Moscow.
O’Brien’s lecture, titled “Women and Leadership: Mentoring the Next Generation,” will explain how mentoring helped advance her in her career, something Bystrom said is important for anyone wanting to take on more challenging roles.