Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture



Soledad O'Brien

An Afternoon with 

Soledad O'Brien
Award-Winning Journalist, Entrepreneur and Host of the Weekly Syndicated Political Show Matter of Fact

From news anchor to entrepreneur, philanthropist and diversity advocate, O'Brien shares her stories about how her desire to be the best in her profession, a strong work ethic, and a never-give-up attitude has led to her excellence. 

Soledad O'Brien is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. She is the CEO of Soledad O'Brien Production, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues and a thought leader whose public engagement garners wide attention. 

O'Brien has had national impact with her books and speeches, with her presence on the nation's op-ed pages and on social media, particularly Twitter where she has over 1 million followers. 

O'Brien currently anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine program Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, which is distributed by Sony Pictures. She also reports regularly for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. 

Since 2020 she has hosted the weekly podcast Very Opinionated with Soledad O'Brien. In 2021 she hosted the Audible-original podcast series Growing Up P.O.C. and in 2022, the hour-long radio show and podcast series Everyday Wealth. 

She has anchored shows on CNN, MSNBC, and NBC, and hosted projects for Fox and A&E. O'Brien has contributed to three major broadcast networks, Oxygen, Nat Geo, the PBS NewsHour and WebMD. She was a special correspondent on Al Jazeera America's new program, America Tonight, and produced several documentaries on social issues for the network.  

Event Information:
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
3:30 p.m.

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The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture Series 

The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture Series was established in 1966 by the late Howard H (Tim) Hays, then editor of The Press-Enterprise, in collaboration with the University of California, Riverside. In 1997, his son Tom Hays endowed the lecture and the Hays name was added to the title in honor of Tim Hays. Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corporation, former owner of The Press-Enterprise, has provided generous support for the Lecture Series. The intent of the Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture Series is to bring to Riverside each year someone of exceptional achievement in journalism to address important topics related to the news media, thereby furthering the knowledge and interests of both the university and the community at large.

Howard H "Tim" Hays, Jr. was the longtime owner and publisher of The Press-Enterprise newspaper. He spent 51 years at the family-owned business, leading the paper to a Pulitzer prize and two important Supreme Court victories. In addition to Tim Hays’ role as publisher of Riverside County’s largest newspaper, he was a leader in the Citizens University Committee that successfully lobbied the state legislature to open a University of California campus in Riverside in 1954. Tim Hays served as a founding member of the UCR Board of Trustees; supported the creation and collections of the UCR/California Museum of Photography; established an endowed scholarship fund in honor of his father; and endowed a faculty chair to support the UCR Honors program.