Soledad O'Brien net worth and salary: Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien's net worth is $5 million. Born and raised in affluent part of St James, New York, O'Brien generated her net worth through becoming a respected anchorwoman for CNN. O'Brien followed the footsteps of her older siblings and attended Harvard University in the mid-eighties, but did not graduate until her return in 2000. The mother of four started her fruitful career with WBZ-TV as an associate producer and news writer. O'Brien then joined NBC in 1991, taking on the role as field producer for programmes, The Nightly News and Today. She went on to worked as local reporter for NBC's KRON in San Francisco. Whilst at NBC, O'Brien anchored the Weekend morning show and The Site, an award-winning technology show. Furthermore, she co-anchored numerous shows, including Weekend Today with David Bloom, Today Show and the weekend version of the Nightly News. In 2003, Soledad moved to CNN, where she co-host the morning show, American Morning, with Miles O'Brien (no relation.) By 2007 she was replaced by a younger model Kiran Chetry, due to poor ratings. Her co-worker Miles O'Brien was also axed from the show.
Since then O'Brien continued to work as a reporter for CNN, mainly hosting one-off special documentaries. In early 2012, the award-winning reporter became an anchorwoman for CNN's Starting Point. The show replaced American Morning. O'Brien is known for her second-to-none coverage on notable news such as J.F. Kennedy Jnr's plane crash and the school shootings in Colorado in the 1990s. For her contribution to news, O'Brien won numerous awards – she received the NAACP President Award back in 2007 and was name the Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Journalists in 2010. She is also known for her great mishaps. In 2008, O'Brien was heavily criticised (particularly from FactCheck.org) for her coverage during the McCain/Palin campaign: she for falsely reported that Sarah Palin had cut the education budget by 62 per cent. In fact, Palin increased the budget.