Soledad O'Brien Lands at a New Network; We Would Have Never Guessed That This Is Where She'd Land AP

Soledad O'Brien, who most recently was the morning show host on CNN until Jeff Zucker came in to revamp the network, has landed a new gig, according to an Associated Press story in USA Today.

The story reports: "Soledad O'Brien is joining fellow 'Today' show alum Bryant Gumbel at HBO's 'Real Sports.'

"HBO said Wednesday that O'Brien will be a reporter on the monthly magazine show, which is anchored by Gumbel. Her first story, due this month, is about war veterans who use martial arts to help cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. 'It's exactly what I've been doing for a long time -- telling stories about human beings and their struggles,' she said."

The only connection to sports in O'Brien's background, the story notes, is that she played some rugby while attending Harvard.

The article adds, "The deal with HBO also gives the network the first look at projects done by O'Brien's production company, Starfish Media Group. She's making a business out of creating and selling documentaries to networks and has a separate deal with CNN to continue the 'Black in America' series that she has been doing for the past couple of years."

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