Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien to be keynote speaker at CUNA GAC

CUNA is pleased to welcome award-winning journalist, documentarian, and author, Soledad O’Brien as a keynote speaker at this year’s CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), March 2-4. O’Brien will share her thoughts on today’s most pressing issues, including income inequality and our current political landscape. This keynote session is sponsored by PSCU.

soledad obrienO’Brien anchors and produces the political magazine program Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien and reports regularly for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. She is the CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to sharing empowering and authentic stories. O’Brien is also a respected documentarian whose films have addressed youth incarceration, PTSD and the opioid epidemic.

O’Brien is well known for her work in television journalism. She anchored news shows on CNN, MSNBC, and NBC; hosted projects for Fox and A&E; and has contributed to a variety of outlets including the three major broadcast networks, National Geographic, and PBS. O’Brien’s reporting has earned three Emmy awards, two George Foster Peabody awards, and an Alfred I. DuPont Award.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, O’Brien and her husband Brad Raymond created PowHERful, a foundation that helps young women get into and through college. O’Brien is a Harvard University Graduate School of Education Distinguished Visiting Fellow and wrote two books, including a critically acclaimed memoir, The Next Big Story.

“Many of the communities we serve have been hit hard by COVID-19, and the disparate impact of the pandemic has prompted our nation to initiate more courageous conversations around income inequality and racial inequity. And at a time when we, as Americans, most need to come together, we are struggling to heal deep political divisions” said Jim Nussle, CUNA President/CEO. “We are looking forward to welcoming O’Brien for a frank discussion on the path forward. Typically held in Washington D.C., this year’s virtual conference will retain the key elements of the in-person conference: thought-provoking speakers, breakout sessions, and opportunities to connect with lawmakers, business leaders and credit union peers from across the nation.

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