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

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

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.

Kristen Powers

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.

Powers is also a columnist for the New York Post. Formerly a columnist for American Prospect Online, Powers has also written articles for USA Today, Elle, the New York Observer, Salon and The Wall Street Journal.

Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Powers served in the Clinton administration as the deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for public affairs. She was also the vice president for international communications at America Online. Powers was formerly a vice president at the AOL-Time Warner Foundation.

Powers has worked for the New York State Democratic Committee, was the press secretary for Andrew Cuomo for Governor and communications director on the mayoral campaign of C. Virginia Fields.

Powers has consulted for a variety of non-profit organizations including Human Rights First and the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW).
Trish Regan

Trish Regan is an anchor on CNBC's The Call, which airs weekdays 11 a.m.-noon.

An Emmy nominated correspondent, Regan also reports for CNBC's documentary unit.  In addition, she provides regular economic reports and analysis for NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams and Today.

Regan recently reported an in-depth hour on the underground marijuana industry entitled Marijuana Inc.: Inside America’s Pot Industry. Her investigation exposed a multi-billion dollar underground trade that authorities are nearly powerless to stop.