Soledad O’Brien Joins “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” and Inks HBO First Look Deal

soledad-OBrien-Renowned broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien, who has been honored with Peabody, Emmy® and duPont Awards for enterprising reporting during her accomplished TV career, will join the team of HBO’s critically acclaimed magazine program Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports.

“Soledad is a perfect fit for Real Sports, said Hershman. “She’s an extraordinary interviewer and storyteller, and we’re thrilled to be able to add her to a franchise where the emphasis is on finding and presenting thought-provoking stories in the diverse and ever-fascinating world of sports.”

In addition to joining Real Sports, O’Brien and her production company, Starfish Media Group, will have an overall relationship with HBO granting the network first look at scripted projects and long-form programming concepts that she and her team develop.

“Soledad’s a respected journalist with a proven track record,” says Bryant Gumbel, host of Real Sports. “Her credibility, broad interests and passion make her a wonderful addition to our program. I’m thrilled to have her on our Real Sports team.”

O’Brien says of the new partnership, “HBO is undeniably a leader in meaningful storytelling in a wide array of formats. I’m honored to join the Real Sports team and look forward to continuing my fervor for uncovering unique and impactful stories.”

O’Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe, making her one of the most recognizable names in journalism. In 2011, she won an Emmy® in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story Long Form for “Crisis in Haiti.” O’Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its coverage of the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina, and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. The National Association of Black Journalists named O’Brien Journalist of the Year and the Edward R. Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award in 2010 for “Latino in America.”

In the course of 194 editions, Real Sports has earned its reputation as sports television’s gold standard of sports journalism. The monthly series has won 25 Sports Emmy® Awards since its debut in April 1995. At the 34th annual Sports Emmys presentation on May 7, Real Sports was recognized with two awards, including the trophy for Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology. On May 20, Real Sports was the only sports program honored among the 39 recipients of the 2012 George F. Peabody Awards from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication for outstanding electronic media coverage.

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