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NEW YORK, June 12, 2013 - 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
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.” 
O’Brien has been integral in developing and hosting the award-winning “Black in America” franchise, one of CNN’s most
successful international franchises. In 2010, she wrote the
critically acclaimed memoir “The Next Big Story: My Journey
through the Land of Possibilities,” which chronicles her biggest
reporting moments and recounts how her upbringing and background
have influenced these experiences. A graduate of Harvard
University, O’Brien will serve as a visiting fellow at the
university’s Graduate School of Education for the 2013-14 school
year. She is also a member of the board of directors for the
Foundation for the National Archives. 
“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
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. The show has been honored with the Sports
Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times, and is the
only TV sports program to receive a duPont Award (winning in
2006 and 2012). 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. 
Follow REAL SPORTS updates on Facebook at or join the conversation on Twitter
using #RealSports. 
Rick Bernstein is the executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH
BRYANT GUMBEL; Joe Perskie is senior producer. 
Contacts: HBO: Gregory Domino (212) 512-5034 
Fifteen Minutes Public Relations: Nastassia Brown 
(323) 556-9700 
(bjh) NY 
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