O'Brien touts diversity to UNCP audience
By Sheri Sides
de la Soledad has come a long way from her days as an intern making
coffee for the newsroom. O'Brien is the host of CNN's "American
O'Brien spoke to
a crowd of 800 at the Givens Performing Arts Center
September 23 on the opening night of UNC Pembroke's Distinguished
is a black Cuban, my father is Australian and my grandparents are Irish,
so I stuck out everywhere I went," O'Brien said.
Today, O'Brien is
thankful for her diverse background because it has given her a broader
view of the world.
effects our news, politics, education, and there are consequences when
we don't come together despite our differences," O'Brien said.
"This goes beyond ethnicity."
Diversity in the
newsroom provides a true representation in society, and viewers want
to see themselves represented, she said.
people are in the newsroom and on camera, you get a broader perspective
of the whole story," O'Brien said. "Different people bring
in a variety of ideas, and the benefits are great."
What O'Brien likes
best about her job is the diversity, in all things.
stand with those who think diversity is a strength in society,"
O'Brien said. "There is always room to embrace diversity more."
It is working for
this career broadcast journalist whose career is on the rise.
"I love my
job," O'Brien said. "I have gone from interviewing Bill Clinton
and touring a C130 cargo plane to taking tango and cooking lessons."
O'Brien, who is
a Harvard graduate with two young children, signed autographs for an
appreciative crowd following her performance. She also appeared on a
WNCP-TV show which is rebroadcast locally on Time Warner's cable channel
The next speaker
in the series is Olympic champion and Native American Billy Mills, Tuesday,
to University Newswire