Kate O’Brian, President of Al Jazeera America, to Speak at the Library

Category: Speakers & Lecture Series
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

The Library is presenting a series of programs in 2014, in celebration of 20 years of honoring Richard Salant through annual lectures on broadcast journalism. Join us for a talk by Kate O’Brian, President of Al Jazeera America, which she will give as the guest lecturer for the Library’s second Richard Salant Lecture of 2014, on Sunday, April 27. The program will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Library’s Adrian Lamb Room. Seating is limited and early arrival is advised.

Al Jazeera America is a cable and satellite news television channel owned by Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network. Ms. O’Brian will speak about Al Jazeera America’s leading role in the changing landscape of the news media.

Kate O’Brian, President Al Jazeera America, joined the Al Jazeera America team with 30 years of experience at ABC. In her most recent role as senior vice president of newsgathering operations, O’Brian was responsible for all ABC News’ newsgathering operations, including all ABC News bureaus worldwide, business, law and justice, medical, and investigative units, NewsOne, ABC News Radio and affiliate relations. O’Brian also was general manager of programming for ABC News Radio responsible for editorial content; overseas field producer in Rome and London; producer for "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," both in Washington, D.C. and New York; and manager in talent development. She began as a television desk assistant in New York and joined the staff of "This Week with David Brinkley," when it launched in 1981. O’Brian has won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award as part of the "This Week with David Brinkley" team, an Emmy Award for the 2000 Millennium coverage at ABC News and a George Foster Peabody Award for ABC News’ September 11 coverage.

The Richard Salant Lecture and the Library’s Richard Salant Room are named for the late President of CBS news, whose tenure in the 1960s and 1970s included the news challenges of the Vietnam War and Watergate. Richard Salant lived in New Canaan for 37 years prior to his death in 1993. The Library honors his dedication to integrity in broadcast journalism and the First Amendment.  The lecture series began in 1994, with first lecturer Andy Rooney. Other notable Salant Lecturers have included Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Charles Osgood, Lesley Stahl, Brian Williams, Connie Chung, Cokie Roberts, Tom Brokaw, Roger Goodman, Scott Pelley, Joe Scarborough, and Ann Curry (2014).

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