Tennessee State University Honors Program


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

11 a.m.

Honors Anniversary Luncheon saluting Dr. McDonald Williams
Guest Speaker: Soledad O'Brien (former CNN Anchor)
Howard C. Gentry Complex
$50 per person

1 p.m.

Honors Convocation
Keynote Speaker: Soledad O'Brien
Kean Hall (Open to the Public)


O'Brien Soledad O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. O’Brien was the originator of  Black in America and Latino in America . In June 2013 she launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity through personal stories. Starfish Media Group continues to produce  Black in America for CNN. Starfish partnerships include Sundance Channel, HBO, Nat Geo Channel, Latina magazine and Billboard magazine. O’Brien is a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and a special correspondent for Al Jazeera America Tonight

O'Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. She won an Emmy for "Crisis in Haiti Report" on Haitian orphanages, following the massive earthquake. She was part of the team that won an Emmy for the 2012 Election Coverage and she won an Emmy for the special report, "Kids on Race". Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a George Foster Peabody award. She received another Peabody award for her coverage of the BP Gulf coast oil spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I DuPont Award.

O'Brien's critically acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and its follow-up Latino in America are among CNN's most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2013 Latino in America 2, the story of a Latina boxer who dreams of Olympic glory, won the celebrated Cine Award for documentaries. Her documentary Gay in America: Gary and Tony Have a Baby, and Unwelcome, the Muslims Next Door also won numerous journalism awards. O'Brien was named "Journalist of the Year" by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek magazine’s "10 People Who Make America Great." In 2013, O'Brien joined Harvard University as a distinguished fellow and was appointed to the board of directors of the foundation for The National Archives.

O’Brien is also the moderator and executive producer of the National Geographic Bee. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O'Brien and her husband, Brad, created a foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. In 2013 they awarded scholarships to 25 deserving young women. O'Brien lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.




Fall 2014

  • Honors 50th Anniversary Gala
  • Honors Student Research Symposium
  • Honors Student Awards Banquet






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