Soledad O’Brien Named Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard for the 2013-14 Academic Year

22739_002_1263Emmy Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien was named a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the 2013-14 academic year. During her tenure at Harvard, O’Brien will explore a wide variety of topics related to public education in America – including the influence of income on educational equality, the role of gender specific education, and efforts to overcome racial and ethnic achievement gaps in education.

“It is an honor to join the esteemed scholars of the Harvard Graduate School of Education community next year,” said O’Brien. “On Appian Way, in the heart of the Ed School campus, a banner reads, ‘Education Is a Civil Right.’ I believe this passionately and look forward to ensuring that right is a reality by working with the students, faculty, and staff at the Harvard Graduate School of Education — and the rest of the Harvard University community.”

O’Brien, a 2000 graduate of Harvard College, served as a new anchor and creator of documentary programs for CNN. This past February, she announced she would be leaving CNN to start Starfish Media, a documentary production company.

O’Brien, whose mother is Afro-Cuban and whose father is Australian, is the author of the memoir, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities (Celebra, 2010).


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