Soledad O’Brien to Host Weekly News Program

Former CNN special correspondent and Al Jazeera America host Soledad O’Brien is known for digging deep to get the truth. With shows like her popular documentary series Black In America, O’Brien covered topics and offered a perspective that was rarely shown on TV.  and Now, she’s taking her talents to the Sunday morning.

O’Brien has been tapped to host Hearst TV’s newest show, Matter of Fact With Soledad O’Brien, a weekly magazine-style news program that will cover the topics of the week. Produced at Washington D.C.’s Newseum, O’Brien’s promises her show will go beyond the typical format of dueling, partisan arguments to get to the heart of the real issues about race, education, politics, news, and social issues.

The Washington Post gives more details about O’Brien’s show:

O’Brien insists in an interview that the new half-hour show, to be produced at the Newseum, won’t be just the typical formula of dueling talking heads spouting talking points. She wants to look beyond the go-to list of political analysts and surrogates (the ones who are “on bookers’ speed dial”) to find guests whose perspectives aren’t typically sought.

For a story about education, for example, she says, she’d be interested in hearing from someone who might never have done a TV interview before. “I’m guessing that a 20-year-old in Baltimore has a lot to say about education in America that’s probably more relevant than … the owner of a charter-school conglomerate,” she says. For a segment on police violence, she wonders, why not go to a black officer instead of a police commissioner?

Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien will begin airing Sunday, September 10, just in time for the journalist to take a deep dive into November’s election. It will be distributed across the country, so check your local listings.

We can’t wait.