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Director Claps has been invited to attend:  An Evening with Soledad O’Brien, Friday, January 21, 2011, at Illinois State University, Bloomington, Illinois.  He will be participating in the after-dinner program, entitled On Common Grounds … dialogues on diversity & social justice, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.  This event will be one of reflection, conversation, and celebration.  It provides an opportunity to bring staff, students, and alumni together to connect with one another and engage in meaningful dialogue.  For this event, 26 staff, 52 students and 26 alumni were specially selected and invited to participate.

Soledad O’Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN:  Special Investigations Unit, reporting hour-long documentaries throughout the year and filing in-depth series on the most important ongoing and breaking news stories for all major CNN programs.  She also covers political news as part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.”  O’Brien came to CNN from NBC News where she had anchored the network’s Weekend Today since July 1999.  During that time, she contributed to reports on the weekday Today Show and weekend editions of NBC Nightly News and covered such notable stories as John F. Kennedy’s plane crash and school shootings in Colorado and Oregon.  In 2003, she covered the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and later anchored NBC’s weekend coverage of the war in Iraq.  Additionally, in 1998, she traveled to Cuba to cover Pope John Paul II’s historic visit.  She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.  O’Brien is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and American literature.

 

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