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Former CNN Host Lands a New Show

Aug 16, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Her recent resume reads like a trivia question, but a former CNN anchor who has worked in recent years for CBS, PBS, HBO and Al Jazeera America is about to launch a new gig on Sunday mornings. The busy TV newswoman is Soledad O’Brien, who launches Hearst’s “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” Sept. 10.

The weekly magazine-style political program is a relaunch of a show Hearst has been running for one season, and will air on Hearst-owned stations.

O’Brien, who left CNN in 2013, was working steadily at Al Jazeera America until it was shut down in April. She has also been filling in on “CBS This Morning” and has worked on HBO’s “Real Sports,” among other projects. Her production company, Starfish Media, will also be producing specials for Hearst, The Washington Post reports.

“O’Brien insists in an interview that the new half-hour show, to be produced at the Newseum, won’t be just the typical formula of dueling talking heads spouting talking points,” The Post notes. “She wants to look beyond the go-to list of political analysts and surrogates (the ones who are ‘on bookers’ speed dial’) to find guests whose perspectives aren’t typically sought.”

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