Net Worth: $5 Million
- Source of Wealth TV and Broadcasting
- Birth Place St. James, New York
- Marital Status Married (Bradley Raymond)
- Full Name Maria de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien
- Nationality American
- Date of Birth September 19, 1966
- Ethnicity Irish-Australian and Afro-Cuban
- Occupation Journalist
- Children 4 (Cecilia Raymond, Sofia Elizabeth Raymond, Jackson Raymond, Charles Raymond)
About Soledad O Brien
Award-winning American broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien has an estimated net worth of $5 million and an annual salary of $1.5 million. She was the anchor of CNN’s morning news program Starting Point which premiered on January 12, 2012. On February 21, 2013, it was announced that she would leave CNN to start the Starfish Media Group production company.
She was born Maria de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien on September 19, 1966 in St. James, New York. Her parents are both immigrants who met at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her father Edward was an Australian of Irish descent and a mechanical engineering professor. Her mother is Afro-Cuban and a French and English teacher. She graduated from Smithtown High School East in 1984. She attended Harvard from 1984 to 1988 but she did not obtain a degree until she returned in 2000.
Soledad is a mother of four and she started her career with WBZ-TV as an associate producer and news writer. She then joined NBC in 1991 where she took the role as field producer for programs The Nightly News and Today. She went on to work as a local reporter for NBC’s KRON in San Francisco. While at NBC, she anchored the Weekend morning show and The Site, an award-winning technology show. She co-anchored numerous shows including Weekend Today with David Bloom, Today Show and the weekend version of the Nightly News. She moved to CNN in 2003 where she co-host the morning show American Morning with Miles O’Brien but they are not related. She was replaced by a younger model Kiran Chetry due to poor ratings. Miles was also axed from the show.
O’Brien continued to work as a reporter for CNN. She became an anchorwoman for CNN’s Starting Point in early 2012 that replaced American Morning. She is known for her second-to-none coverage on notable news such as John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane crash and the school shootings in Colorado in the 1990s. She has won awards for her contribution to news. She received the NAACP President Award in 2007. She was named the Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Journalists in 2010. In 2011, she won her first Emmy for Crisis in Haiti in the show Anderson Cooper 360 in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form.
Despite her achievements, Soledad was also known for her great mishaps. She was heavily criticized in 2008, particularly by FastCheck.org, for her coverage during the McCain/Palin campaign for falsely reporting that Sarah Palin had cut the education budget by 62 per cent where in fact Palin had increased the budget.