Policy on Purpose: Soledad O'Brien on today's media environment | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien talks journalism and public policy with Dean Angela Evans. From current-day tensions to the media's influence to bridging real-life voices with policy, O'Brien talks candidly about the role of media and public policy today.

"There was a time when you would never put somebody on, let's say, a panel if they didn't have some kind of credible experience that would add value. And I had found that often now, in media, adding to a lot of the chaos that I think people feel, is this sense that it doesn't really matter your resume." —Soledad O'Brien

O'Brien visited the LBJ School in May 2018 and delivered keynote remarks at the school's graduation ceremony. Known for decades of journalism on major television networks, O'Brien, founder and CEO of the multimedia production and distribution company Starfish Media Group, anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine program, "Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien." She also reports for HBO Real Sports, PBS NewsHour and WebMD, and has written two books, "Latino in America" and "The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities."