Soledad O’Brien has been named Distinguished Visiting Fellow for 2013-2014 school year at The Harvard Graduate School of Education. According to a press release statement from the school’s dean Kathleen McCartney, O’Brien’s qualifications for the honor include her work on the Black In America and Latino In America series, which have focused on education equality, and her organization, the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation (founded with her husband), which helps disadvantaged women attend college.
“At the Harvard Graduate School of Education, 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,” the release says.
O’Brien’s CNN program, Starting Point, may have ended last month, but she’s already off and running with her new production company Starfish Media Group, which will continue to produce documentaries for CNN and other outlets. Among the many honorifics bestowed upon O’Brien, she is an Emmy winner (for her coverage of the devastating earthquake in Haiti), was a member of a George Foster Peabody award-winning team that covered the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina, and has been selected as Journalist of the Year by The National Association of Black Journalists.