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Soledad O'Brien Joins National Geographic Channel's 'Live from Space'

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Soledad O'Brien Joins National Geographic Channel's 'Live from Space'

National Geographic Channel today announced that celebrated journalist, producer and television host Soledad O'Brien ( @soledadobrien) has joined the network's global television event LIVE FROM SPACE as host and co-executive producer. O'Brien will broadcast live from Mission Control in Houston during the program, taking viewers into orbit, literally circling the globe, to offer a unique perspective on astronaut life and work aboard the ISS. The program will air LIVE on Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the National Geographic Channel in the U.S. and in 170 other countries, and on Channel 4 in the U.K. It will also simulcast on NGC's Spanish-language network in the U.S., Nat Geo MUNDO.

"With more than 25 years of live television experience, Soledad is the perfect partner for this incredibly exciting television moment," said NGC president Howard T. Owens. "We are ecstatic to have her join us to bring to life the thrilling pulse of this live broadcast."

"It's an honor to be the host and co-executive producer of such an ambitious and important event. I'm thrilled to further my relationship with my partners at National Geographic to tell the untold story that unfolds above the sky each day," said O'Brien. "For those that were thrilled by Gravity, I think they'll be even more impressed by the incredible work being done every day aboard the ISS and the tremendous risks and sacrifices the astronauts undertake. We will get to witness the greatest show beyond earth."

A critically acclaimed journalist, documentarian, news anchor, producer and television personality, O'Brien has been on the forefront of the biggest breaking news stories of the past two decades, reported from around the globe for NBC News, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera America and HBO. In 2011 won an Emmy for "Crisis in Haiti Report" on Haitian orphanages, following the massive earthquake. In 2013 she won 2 Emmy awards for reporting on "Kids and Race" and for the networks reporting of the 2012 Presidential election. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a George Foster Peabody award. She also received another Peabody award for her coverage of the BP Gulf coast Oil Spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I DuPont award. In June of 2013, O'Brien launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories.

O'Brien will return to the network in May as moderator of the National Geographic Bee, the National Geographic Society's annual geography competition for fourth- through eighth-graders.

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