Magazine article ADWEEK

Soledad O'Brien: The Award-Winning Journalist Left Her CNN Morning Show to Start Her Own Production Company, but She Still Wakes Up to the News-Now on Twitter

Magazine article ADWEEK

Soledad O'Brien: The Award-Winning Journalist Left Her CNN Morning Show to Start Her Own Production Company, but She Still Wakes Up to the News-Now on Twitter

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Specs

Age 47

Accomplishments Broadcast journalist; CEO of

Starfish Media Group; philanthropist; will be hosting

two panels at the NBA All-Star Weekend in New

Orleans Feb. 14-16

Base New York

What's the first information you consume in the morning? I hate to admit it, but I wake up and I grab my iPhone and go on Twitter. If you can cast a wide net of conversations on Twitter, you can get a really well-rounded sense of the world in the first 10 minutes that you're up. I'm sort of obsessed with Twitter. Then I start answering my emails, which range from crazy family issues to work. And then I get out of bed.

Are there any Twitter feeds that you find especially helpful? First, my friends, Kim Bondy and Bevy Smith, just to keep up with what's going on in their lives. Ezra Klein is really interesting, and Ross Douthat is wonderful. Roland Martin tweets a lot of good information from his News One Now show. And Ryan Lizza is terrific.

What other social media platforms do you use? I used to think I was pretty aggressive on Instagram, but my daughters have put me to shame. I use Instagram mainly as a way to monitor what they're interested in and the conversations they're having.

Now that you're running your own production company rather than anchoring a daily news program, how has your media consumption changed? When I anchored a morning show, I really plowed through the information I had to read. I'd start running through the congressional budget report at 2 o'clock in the morning. …

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