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Soledad O'Brien to speak at Columbia College: Thursday, March 9, 2006

Soledad O'BrienColumbia, Mo. - Soledad O'Brien, television journalist and CNN co-anchor, will speak on "Creating Trust: the Media, Ethics and Its Viewers" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9 in Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

O'Brien replaces Anderson Cooper, CNN correspondent, who is unable to serve as the speaker due to a change in his work obligations. Cooper was scheduled to speak Monday, March 6 in the Southwell Complex.

O'Brien's lecture is made possible by the Althea and John Schiffman Ethics in Society Lecture Series at Columbia College, which is designed to engage students, faculty and the Columbia community in discussions about ethical issues surrounding contemporary events.

O'Brien is a Harvard University graduate and Emmy Award winner with 15 years experience in television network news. O'Brien joined CNN in 2003 to anchor "American Morning" and was among a select group of CNN anchors sent to Puhket, Thailand, to cover the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami disaster. She was the only broadcast journalist to accompany First Lady Laura Bush to Moscow in 2003.

Prior to joining CNN, O'Brien served at NBC News from 1991 to 2003 where she co-anchored NBC's "Weekend Today" from 1999 to 2003. As a correspondent, she covered stories including the plane crash of John F. Kennedy Jr., the school shootings in Colorado and Oregon and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. She also anchored NBC's weekend coverage of the war in Iraq.

Columbia College serves more than 20,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus and Graduate Studies program. The college was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College and was renamed Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational.

Visit the Schiffman Ethics in Society Lecture Series Web site.