Who is popular anchor Soledad O’Brien’s husband? Meet Bradley Raymond. O’Brien has elevated her impressive credentials this year with her frank accounts of her experiences as a woman of colour in the media. Having gained a bit of insight into her world, viewers are also wondering about her personal life.
O’Brien is a the three-time Emmy award winner with boundless energy – here she is telling The Cut how she used to get up at 2.30am when presenting the morning news.
Soledad O’Brien’s husband and family
Some might think it a paradox that O’Brien, recipient of awards and recognition for her coverage of social issues, is married to an investment banker. However, the pair have often spoken out together for equality and justice.
O’Brien married Bradford ‘Brad’ Raymond in 1995. The two met while they were students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Raymond is the head of global investment banking at Stifel, a multinational investment bank. He has worked for more than two decades in technology investment banking, making him something of an expert on all things tech.
O’Brien and Raymond created the PowHERful Foundation together in 2011, in the wake of the impact of Hurricane Katrina. The organisation aims to equip young women of disadvantaged backgrounds to attend college, through mentorship programs and other useful guidance and advice.
The couple are said to enjoy horse riding together and O’Brien describes Raymond as something of a chef, cooking five course meals at the weekend.
They have four children, two daughters aged 20 and 18, and twin sons aged 16. One of her children is hearing impaired, and O’Brien has spoken publicly about the importance of empowering children with special needs.
Soledad O’Brien’s career so far
Soledad O’Brien originally attended university as a pre-med and literature student, before leaving to work at WBZ-TV. She returned to complete her literature degree at Harvard several years later.
She has presented for CNN, National Geographic, Fox, NBC and PBS. She was the face of CNN’s morning news for many years.
O’Brien has helped raise awareness of a range of social issues. With CNN, she created the documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America”. She has also presented on a range of issues such as the Haiti earthquake, veterans with PTSD, Hurricane Katrina, criminal justice reform, the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill, and the Southeast Asia tsunami.
She now anchors and produces “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien”, and regularly reports for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
Her advocacy for racial equality
She has recounted the challenges her parents faced as a mixed race couple in the 1950s, and how people used to spit on them as they walked down the street.
O’Brien’s mother is of Afro-Cuban descent, and her father is Australian. Interracial marriage was illegal in Maryland, where the couple originally lived, so they relocated and married in Washington, D.C. in 1958.
O’Brien has been open about the challenges faced by people from ethnic minority backgrounds, including media professionals, and the need for more equality. She also called out Trump’s chants last year about Senator Ilhan Omar, with the following tweet:
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