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Fall 2011 Common Experience Speaker

The Lyndon B. Johnson Distinguished Lecturer and Fall 2011 Common Experience Speaker SOLEDAD O'BRIEN

Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien

On October 5th, 2011, Soledad O'Brien spoke at Strahan Coliseum as the Texas State University-San Marcos Lyndon B. Johnson Distinguished Lecturer and Fall 2011 Common Experience Speaker.
Soledad O'Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining the network in 2003, O'Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-breaking, and critically acclaimed documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. She also covers political news as part of CNN's "Best Political Team on Television."


From the San Marcos Daily Record, October 7th, 2011:
O’Brien’s message loud and clear at the Record
By Don Moore
Daily Record Publisher

San Marcos — There are a lot of reasons why someone might want to live in San Marcos, and Wednesday night was a perfect example. Reading Tuesday’s Record I found out Soledad O’Brien would be speaking at Texas State as part of the LBJ Speaker Series and thought, fantastic, I will go.

Walking up to the event I overheard three students asking the questions, how long is this going to last, why do we have to go and who is this person, referring to the importance of the CNN correspondent. It reminded me of what I thought 40 years ago when I was told to go listen to Norman Mailer as a student at my college, Texas A&M.

It was my first time to attend an event at Texas State and fortunately Strahan Coliseum is easy to find; my only mistake was parking too close to the building and being forced to wait for traffic to clear out after the event.

O’Brien spoke about her journey through life as a journalist and explained to the crowd, “I love it because I get the chance to tell people the stories that might not get told.” This is something most of us in the business love about our jobs and there was a large crowd of students who seemed to share O’Brien’s passion for her job.

O’Brien reminded us that while most media companies are more concerned about profitability than getting the stories that need to be told, she encouraged the future journalists in the crowd to approach their future careers by telling the stories that need to be told with responsibility and accountability.

As the new publisher of this newspaper, that was an encouraging and timely message to hear.
The readers of the Record are lucky that the Record staff, lead by Editor Rowe Ray, has pursued the stories about the people of San Marcos responsibly while still holding our community leaders accountable.

As a new publisher leading a staff entrenched in the community, readers can count on the Record to tell the stories about San Marcos responsibly. However, when we take a stance on an issue or feel we need to hold someone accountable, it will always be done with the “good” of the community as our first consideration.

By the way, I bet those three students felt lucky to be able to hear O’Brien speak, I know I was. (Original article)