Soledad O'Brien joins HBO's 'Real Sports'

Soledad O'Brien left CNN this year when the news network's morning lineup was revised, but she's back on cable news. HBO announced Wednesday that the Emmy-winning newswoman would be joining the reporting team on "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel."

The long-running newsmagazine has won 25 Sports Emmy Awards since its debut in April 1995. It's anchored by fellow "Today" show alum Gumbel (though O'Brien and Gumbel were not on the show at the same time).

According to the Associated Press, O'Brien's first story for the show is due this month and will concern war veterans using martial arts to cope with post traumatic stress disorder.

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Besides her reporting skills being used on "Real Sports," O'Brien's got an overall development deal with the channel through her production company, Starfish Media Group. That means she will be developing scripted and long-form concepts for the channel. She will continue to deliver documentaries in the "Black in America" series for CNN.

Before her joining "Real Sports," O'Brien had been with CNN for nearly 10 years, joining the morning program "American Morning" in July 2003.


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