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Harvard names CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien as Class Day speaker

Posted by Your Town  May 9, 2013 05:20 PM

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CNN special correspondent Soledad O’Brien will be this year's Senior Class Day speaker at Harvard, according to a statement.

O'Brien, who graduated from Harvard in 1988, will speak to the graduating class on May 29, in the Tercentenary Theatre, the statement said.

The speaker for Class Day, by tradition held the day before the college's official commencement, is chosen by seniors.

In 2011, O'Brien won an Emmy for her reporting on Haiti in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story -- Long Form. O’Brien was a member of teams that won CNN George Foster Peabody Awards for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.

She won the Edward R. Murrow and RTDNA/UNITY 2010 award for “Latino in America."

“This is a journalist who has done work on issues that have ignited so many members of our class during our time in college — from social justice to disaster relief,” graduating senior Scott Yim said in the statement.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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