Following her final appearance as anchor of CNN’s “Starting Point” earlier in the spring, O’Brien will now work alongside Bryant Gumbel and his crew, the network announced on Wednesday (June 12). As the Associated Press reports, her first story, due this month, will be about war veterans who use martial arts as a way of coping with their post-traumatic stress disorder.
“It’s exactly what I’ve been doing for a long time — telling stories about human beings and their struggles,” O’Brien says of her new gig. “HBO is undeniably a leader in meaningful storytelling in a wide array of formats. I’m honored to join the ‘Real Sports’ team and look forward to continuing my fervor for uncovering unique and impactful stories.”
In addition to working on the show, O’Brien and her newly-formed production company, Starfish Media Group, have an overall deal with the network, giving HBO a first look at any projects she and the company develop.
“Soledad is a perfect fit for ‘Real Sports,'” Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports, said in a statement. “She’s an extraordinary interviewer and storyteller, and we’re thrilled to be able to add her to a franchise where the emphasis is on finding and presenting thought-provoking stories in the diverse and ever-fascinating world of sports.”