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The Irish American Media Top 30
Born in Cincinnati and raised in Columbus, Moriarty graduated from Ohio State University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in behavioral sciences, and received a law degree from the university in 1977.
A third generation Irish American, Moriarty’s great-grandfather came to the U.S. after the Civil War from Cork. He came through Boston and then worked on the railroad, which took him to Ohio.
Moriarty lives in New York with her husband, who is also an attorney, and their son.
Mary Murphy is the Emmy Award winning, chief correspondent for the PIX Investigates unit on the PIX News at Ten in New York.
While a student at Queens College in Flushing, Murphy interned in the WCBS-TV newsroom, and after graduating magna cum laude, she was hired by WPIX-TV Channel 11 as a production assistant, working her way up the ladder to staff reporter.
In 1986, WCBS-TV hired Murphy as a general assignment reporter and later, as a breaking news correspondent. Her coverage of the Joel Steinberg and John Gotti trials garnered two Emmy Award wins by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
In 1993, Murphy returned to WPIX-TV as a special correspondent, where she was assigned to major stories, with hosting duties on 11 News Close-up, plus anchor work.
At WPIX, Murphy has continued to win numerous awards, including 14 Emmys (for a total of 16). In 1995, she was honored by the American Women in Radio and Television for a documentary called Schindler: The Real Story, a report on Holocaust survivors living in New York and New Jersey who were the inspiration for the Steven Spielberg film. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for writing.
Murphy’s work has been nominated for four Emmy Awards this year, one for anchoring a 10 p.m. newscast, and several of them for investigative reporting.
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.
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