Soledad O’Brien may’ve caught out attention with her CNN series Black in America, but the bi-racial broadcaster has done so much more during her career. Beginning as a producer more than two decades ago, the news reporter, born María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien, has earned her spot at the top as one of the country’s best broadcasters tackling tough stories like Hurricane Katrina and the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict with grace. We’re honored to have her join us at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience on July 6-8, here’s a look back at her journey.

Don’t miss Soledad at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience on July 6-8 in New Orleans and get your tickets here!