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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.
O’Reilly has accumulated many awards, including three Emmys, and a special 2008 Governor's Award.
Although born in Manhattan, O’Reilly was raised on Long Island. His bachelor's degree is in history from Marist College, and he has a master's in broadcast journalism from Boston University, as well as a master's degree in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
O’Reilly’s paternal grandparents came to the U.S. from Co. Cavan.
Kirsten Powers is a political analyst on Fox News, appearing on The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity, as well as on the morning Fox News Radio show Brian and the Judge.
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