The Evansville Courier & Press’ Bill Medley writes about with Soledad O’Brien’s Keynote speech at the Today’s Woman conference in Evansville…
O’Brien covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina last year and the 2004 Asian tsunami.
But O’Brien said she wasn’t the network’s first choice to go to Asia after the devastating tsunami. She said that because she was a mother, CNN bosses just assumed she wouldn’t want to travel to the other side of the world.
But once she was assigned to cover the story and reached Thailand, the challenges didn’t end. O’Brien left her children with her husband, but colleagues repeatedly asked her who was watching the kids.
“I wouldn’t say I was offended, but I was certainly annoyed at the sense that a mother couldn’t handle it,” O’Brien said.
Later, O’Brien was one of several CNN staffers who won an Alfred I. duPont Award for the news channel’s 2004 tsunami coverage.