Soledad O’Brien

by ethnic on March 14, 2009

Birth Name: María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien

Birth Place: St. James, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 19, 1966

Ethnicity:
*Irish, one quarter Scottish (father)
*Afro-Cuban (mother)

Soledad O’Brien is an American broadcast journalist, executive producer, and philanthropist.

Soledad is the daughter of Estela Lucrecia (Marquetti y Mendieta) and Edward Ephram O’Brien. Her father is a white Australian, from Queensland, of three quarters Irish and one quarter Scottish ancestry. Her mother, who is Cuban, is black, and was born in Havana. Soledad is not fluent in Spanish. Soledad is married to businessperson Bradford “Brad” Raymond, with whom she has four children.

Soleded’s Irish ancestry is from counties Cork and Clare.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Soledad’s genetic ancestry is:

*63.4% European
——–*34.5% British & Irish
——–*<0.1% French & German
——–*17.7% Broadly Northern European
——–*4.3% Iberian
——–*2.9% Broadly Southern European
——–*4.0% Broadly European
*32.4% Sub-Saharan African
——–*28.7% West African
——–*1.5% Central & South African
——–*2.1% Broadly Sub-Saharan African
*3.2% East Asian & Native American
——–*2.5% Native American
——–*0.1% Southeast Asian
——–*<0.1% Broadly East Asian
——–*0.6% Broadly East Asian & Native American
*0.2% Middle Eastern & North African
*0.9% No Match

Soledad’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Patrick O’Brien (the son of Patrick O’Brien and Ellen Fitzgerald). Thomas was born in Queensland, to Irish parents. Patrick was the son of Anthony O’Brien and Mary Kinane. Ellen was the daughter of Michael Fitzgerald and Hannah Sullivan.

Soledad’s paternal grandmother was Muriel Wightman (the daughter of William Joseph Wightman and Maria Higgins). Muriel was also born in Queensland. William was born in Queensland, to Scottish parents, William Hunter Wightman and Mary Wilson, William from Edinburgh and Mary from Angus. Soledad’s great-grandmother Maria was Irish, from County Limerick.

Soledad’s maternal grandparents were Nicholas Alberto Marquetti y Hernandez (the son of Antonio Marquetti y Seranno and Juana de Lucrecia Hernandez) and Juana de las Luz Maria de la Caridad Mendieta y Arredondo (the daughter of Eduardo Mendieta and Maria Josefa Arrdedondo y Núñez).

Sources: http://www.cnn.com

Genealogy of Soledad O’Brien – http://www.pbs.org

Genealogies of Soledad O’Brien (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.geni.com
https://www.wikitree.com

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andrew December 28, 2017 at 6:18 pm
bearboy January 12, 2016 at 5:35 pm

Her Irish ancestry is from county Cork and Clare.

bearboy January 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm

also she is part Scottish. please add that to the ethnicity.

Princess June 14, 2014 at 2:19 am

She looks Italian.

lopac March 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

this women is not hispanic she’s just white mix with black.
she does’t even speak spanish. so she don’t represent latinos.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

She is mulatto.

Samiiraa September 14, 2016 at 11:38 am

Would you say the same about Selena Gomez ? Demi Lovato ? Of course not …

dvanilla January 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

I like Soladad she is very intelligent and caring. Her hard work she does important.

Angel Syrene January 2, 2012 at 12:44 am

She’s made Cuban Latina very much

Octavio Saenz MD Sr June 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

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Most Reverent, please submit This Most Patriotic and Most Faithful Message, also personally and specially, to a Nationally Significant and Patriotic Friend. Thank you!
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Most Reverent, This Most Earnest Patriotic Appeal was also submitted to All The Presidents of Our American Universities, and to Their Provosts – submitted to both personally!
UNIVERSAL RELIGIONISM AND POLITICKING!
This Most Loving Prayer is also addressed to All Top Religious and Politicking World Leaders – Most Faithfully!
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ALMIGHTY GOD’S TRUE NUCLEAR DEMOCRACY SHALL NEVER EXIST IN OUR AMERICA UNTIL BOTH TRUE DEMOCRACY’S UNIVERSAL MOST BASIC FUNCTIONAL LITERACY, AND UNIVERSAL MOST BASIC TRUE“GOOD SAMARITAN” HEALTH INSURANCE ARE CONSTITUTIONALLY COMPELLED AS MOST CRIMINALLY PUNISHABLE! THAT IS, UNTIL OUR INSATIABLE ULTRA-WEALTHY CORRUPT “CORPORATISM” GIVE A TRUE EXAMPLE FOR SUCH A SACRED UNIVERSAL HUMAN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY – FOR THE SAKE OF OUR MOST EXPLOITED AS MOST SUFFERING ILLITERATE AND POOREST HEALTH-UNINSURED AMERICAN BROTHERS!
Almighty God did not write His Bible just to “Inspire” The Implacable Religionist “Sacrosanct” Church-Like Corporations of This World to use IT as toilet paper; that is, to use IT as Such a Globalized, Religionist, Materialist, PIOUSLY MUM, AND SO ULTIMATELY EQUALLY SUICIDAL-TERRORIST,SUBLIMINAL INHUMAN EXPLOITATION!
Why ”THE TRULY UNIVERSAL CHURCH” – AS “FREE AND SEPARATE FROM THE STATE” – NEVER TAKE ALL OF THESE AS ITS TRUE DAILY PREACHING INITIATIVE – AS ITS TRUE RELIGIOUS LEADERS DID BEFORE???!!! BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ANYMORE “THE TRUE SERVANTS OF ALMIGHTY GOD” (AS THEY SO FERVENTLY CLAIM) BUT OF THE GOVERNMENTAL “MOST COMFORTABLE” RAPACIOUS CORPORATIST MOST INHUMAN WORLD POLITICS OF EXPLOITAION!!!
WHY ABSOLUTELY NOBODY SPEAKS ANYTHING – SPECIALLY AT THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION TIME – ABOUT DENOUNCING AND UPROOTING ONCE AND FOR ALL THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF OUR “AMERICAN” ILLITERACY AND LACK OF TRULY DEMOCRATIC UNIVERSAL “GOOD SAMARITAN” ALSO INDISPENSABLE MOST BASIC HEALTH INSURANCE!
THE TRUTHFULLNESS EVER MISSING IN ALL OF OUR SUPER-POLITICAL SPEECHES, ALWAYS PRETENDING TO “HONOR” OUR MOST BELOVED AMERICA – AND MOST SORELY MISSING FOR OUR AMERICA’S SALVATION – IS THE TRULY POLITICAL, TRULY RELIGIOUS, AND TRULY PATRIOTIC DEMOCRATIC INSPIRATION!
WHY ARE WE SO SILANTLY MOST OBSTINATE AND MOST ANTIPATRIOTIC!!!???
MAY WE ALL TRUE AMERICANS ALWAYS TRULY PRAY SO THAT WE ALL TRUE SOLID AMERICANS REALLY ENABLE ALMIGHY GOD TO EVER BLESS (SAVE) OUR MOST BELOVED TRUE AMERICA!!!
OTHERWISE, ANY OTHER “CRIME” OR “ABORTION” IS AN INNOCENT BY-PRODUCT!!!

nino May 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm

soledad is wanna be black person but white when its convenient
i hate her pretentious ass

dvanilla January 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

How would you know?

marta November 7, 2010 at 10:07 am

Whteva,
You don’t have to like her, but the fact that she is a Harvard Grad
speaks volumes in regards to her intellect. What’s your claim to fame.
By the way I am a fan.

Steve October 22, 2010 at 12:19 am

I fell in love with her beauty years ago and really enjoyed her discussions on CNN. Then I got tired of her constantly reporting on one black topic after another. I believe it has sterotyped her for any other journalism topics in the future and will defintely hurt her overall career down the road. Sad but true.

dvanilla January 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

She’s black what do you expect. There are news reporter of different races who constantly report their own race. Why is it when blacks report their own race it’s always something negative said. Jealousy.

xmanni02 June 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

How exactly is she black? Her dad is white. Make up ur mind people, either the father dictates the ethnicity or not. Obama is white then, correct, as his mother is white?

whteva September 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm

i dont see where she is so intelligent…she is just a journalist. She regurgitates old information, edits stories and attempts to explain them sometimes by reading directly from a teleprompter….im not a fan. Her stories about black and latinos in America were vague at best…

D. Cotton November 26, 2010 at 8:19 am

If you had gone beyond the 6th grade, you wouldn’t consider that story “vague.” She writes the story she reads into that TelePrompTer.

whteva November 30, 2010 at 12:38 am

@ D cotton, you can take your ignorant 6th grade response and eat it! thnk you kindly

Ivanka Baricevic September 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I like Soledad she is intelligent and even. Please see: Lethbridge Global News Air Date: Aug. 31, 2010 DVD video Global Lethbridge Scene & Heard Ivanka Baricevic with Mark Cambell. The Longest Road to America 4 Textbooks in Libraries, 5th Vol. coming to Amazon soon. OBESITY and Bullying needs attention. Please Forward this to Rick Sanches, Lary King.
With joy and peace.
Author Ivanka Baricevic

vally gyrl July 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm

i often wonder how does she feel about doing black in america. she is married to a white man. she to not embrace her ethnic background.

ethnic July 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm

why does being married to a white man mean shes not embracing her background?

Kimmel April 7, 2016 at 2:24 am

Well, considering she champions Black people in some capacity, i’d say that’s more than what some ‘proper Black people’ do (same goes for all other ethnicities, too). No-one should have to force themselves upon their own race just for the sake of ’embracing their race’.

Raul January 27, 2010 at 11:43 am

none of those ladies can touch Julie Banderas , she is both beautiful and smart

Wat??? November 13, 2009 at 6:51 am

Love her!!

Sha October 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm

I love Soledad!!! She rocks!

ethnic October 24, 2009 at 12:12 am

Soledad ftw.

Dave L October 23, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I like Soledad but think Fredericka is hotter. Just an opinion.

sly July 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm

soledad is sooooo beatiful i watch cnn just because of her

clabbergirl March 17, 2009 at 11:27 am

Soledad is wonderful. I’ve been a big fan of hers for over 10 years now.

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