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Journalist Soledad O'Brien to speak at OU Commencement


Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien is set to deliver the commencement address at the University of Oklahoma next week.

O'Brien, who hosts "Matter of Fact" on ABC and is a member of both the National Association of Black Journalists and Hispanic Journalists, will speak at OU’s university-wide commencement address at 7 p.m. May 10.

O’Brien’s coverage of race issues won two Emmys and she received a third for her reporting on the 2012 presidential election.

Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill earned George Foster Peabody Awards. CNN received an Alfred I. DuPont Award for her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami. The series "Latino in America," which she hosted, received the UNITY: Journalists of Color Award in 2010.

This year, OU will award some 4,797 bachelor’s degrees, 2,017 master’s degrees, 256 doctoral degrees, 763 professional degrees and 238 college-level certificates. The ceremony will be capped off with a fireworks display as a salute to the classes of 2018 and 2019.

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Adam Kemp

Adam Kemp is the Higher Education reporter for The Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State Football... Read more ›