Soledad O’Brien: No Jodi Arias-Style Stories For Al Jazeera America

By Alex Weprin 

Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien talks to The Wrap about her new deal with Al Jazeera America, as well as her production deals with HBO and CNN. As she was in our interview last month, O’Brien seems giddy about being her own boss, but she also sees the partnership with AJAM as a chance to cover stories that her CNN and HBO deals may not work for:

I covered Katrina, I’ve covered the tsunamis, all of them, the Haiti earthquake … you get to a certain point in your career where you say I want to now cover what I want to cover. So for one of our first Al Jazeera pieces for “America Tonight,” we’ll go back to Haiti – I go back there every year – and we’ll take a look at what’s working and where the money’s gone?

There’s a lot to do there, so I’ll go in and do a couple pieces on, for all the Americans who gave a lot of money, what’s happening in Haiti? And then we’re going to do a great piece on the variation of the quality of public education across America. That’s an amazing story.


If you are interested in having me cover the Jodi Arias trial for you? That’s probably not going to happen.