“Matter of Fact With Soledad O’Brien” debuts September 10
Sundays are getting a new political show – one hosted by a woman of color.
Former CNN host and Al Jazeera correspondent Soledad O’Brien will be the face of Hearst’s new weekly magazine-style show, “Matter of Fact With Soledad O’Brien.”
She’s hoping that her half-hour show will help change how politics is currently being discussed in the media.
“It’s been a year of loudness and emotion over the most sensitive of issues, and sometimes the truly crucial conversation is drowned amid the noise of the traditional news cycle,” O’Brien said in a statement.
The Emmy and Peabody Award winning journalist told The Washington Post that “ “Matter of Fact” won’t have pundits duking it out on air, status quo guests and surrogates speaking, or recycled sound bytes that viewers typically hear. Her show will share unique perspectives that are often being ignored, she said.
“I’m guessing that a 20-year-old in Baltimore has a lot to say about education in America that’s probably more relevant than … the owner of a charter-school conglomerate,” O’Brien added. And instead of a police commissioner talking about police violence, O’Brien’s show would seek to talk with an African American officer instead.
The show, which is produced by O’Brien’s production company Star Fish, will debut on September 10 on Hearst’s local stations and in a new syndication deal that will reach 75 percent of U.S. households.