The Irish American Media Top 30
While weekend co-anchor of the PIX News at Ten, Murphy reported on some of the biggest stories of the last decade. Both Murphy’s parents, James and Mary, were born in Ireland, her father in Mayo and her mother in Galway. Murphy’s father came by boat to America in the late 1940s.
Murphy’s parents met at an Irish dance hall in Rockaway Beach, Queens. The Murphy family was raised in Queens, New York.
Murphy has been to Ireland five times, most recently with her then 10-year-old son.
Soledad O’Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN. Since 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning and record-breaking documentaries.
O’Brien’s most recent projects, Latino in America Black in America, have been critically acclaimed. O'Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the tsunami.
Her numerous other awards include a Gracie Allen Award in 2007 for her reporting from Cyprus on the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict as well as her reports from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. The NAACP honored her with its President’s Award in 2007 for her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence.
In 2008, she was the first recipient of the Soledad O’Brien Freedom’s Voice Award from the Morehouse School of Medicine for being a catalyst for social change. Also in 2008, O’Brien was the first recipient of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Goodermote Humanitarian Award for her efforts while reporting on the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asia tsunami.
O'Brien came to CNN from NBC News where she anchored the network’s Weekend Today since July 1999. Prior, O'Brien anchored MSNBC's award-winning technology program The Site. O'Brien joined NBC News in 1991 and was based in New York as a field producer for Nightly News and Today.
Before her time at NBC, she served three years as a local reporter and bureau chief for the NBC affiliate KRON in San Francisco. She began her career as an associate producer and news writer at the then-NBC affiliate WBZ-TV in Boston.
O’Brien’s father is Australian Irish, and she has been to Ireland many times. She lives in New York City with her husband and four children.
Bill O’Reilly is host of The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel.
O’Reilly also is a weekly columnist and published author with many best-selling books, the most recent, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, holding a place on The New York Times best-seller list since it was published in 2008.
O’Reilly started his broadcasting career in Scranton, Pennsylvania, before moving on to report and anchor in other places such as Dallas, Boston and New York. His national exposure began with CBS and ABC News, and as host of the first version of Inside Edition. It was in 1996 that O'Reilly landed at Fox News.