Real Sports With BRYANT GUMBEL
Soledad O’Brien joined the award-winning team of HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in June of 2013 as a correspondent. Her stories include a recent investigation into the use of under-regulated workout supplements in the military, the cruelty of show dog breeding, the rise of eSports and the billions of dollars behind competitive video gaming, and the growing epidemic of heroin addiction among young professional athletes who can no longer obtain prescription pain-killers. In addition to her work on the program, O’Brien’s production company, Starfish Media Group, entered into a ‘first look’ deal with HBO for documentaries and non-fiction content.
Soledad O’Brien has reported for Al Jazeera America’s America Tonight, the network’s flagship news program. It is a showcase for thought-provoking and insightful in-depth reporting and programming with a focus on investigative reporting. Soledad's work includes an in-depth series of stories on Haiti 3 years after a devastating earthquake crippled the island, and an investigation of efforts to rebuild New Orleans 10 years after hurricane Katrina. Through Starfish Media Group, O’Brien also hosts and produces several documentaries for the network.
In 2013 Soledad O’Brien was named the moderator of the National Geographic Bee, the National Geographic Society’s annual geography competition. O’Brien took over the role from “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who had moderated the National Geographic Bee for 25 years. The National Geographic Bee is an annual geography competition for fourth- through eighth-graders, who compete for college scholarships worth $50,000. It was developed by National Geographic in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.
Live From Space
In 2014, Soledad O’Brien hosted National Geographic Channel's television event "Live from Space," a two hour live broadcast from NASA's Mission Control in Houston that gave viewers a glimpse of astronaut life and work aboard the International Space Station. The program followed NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata on the space station as they performed their research duties and demonstrated how they lived their daily lives thousands of miles above the Earth.
Soledad O’Brien has been the host of the Global Citizens Festival since 2013. The Festival is the flagship event of the Global Citizens Platform, which was created by the Global Poverty Project in 2012 as a hub for innovative campaigns that work towards a world where every child can survive and thrive. Soledad co-hosted the Global Citizens Festival Earth Day with will.i.am in April 2015. The broadcast aired on MSNBC.