Meet The Team

Soledad O’Brien
Host
Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning producer, journalist, documentarian, and news anchor. She is CEO of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company. O’Brien has produced non-scripted programming, several documentaries and presented live events, concert specials, and award shows on numerous platforms, including CNN, Nat Geo, HBO, NBC, MSNBC, A&E networks, and Lifetime. She reports for “HBO RealSports with Bryant Gumbel,” the PBS NewsHour, and WebMD. She is the author of two critically acclaimed books and winner of multiple Emmy awards, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. DuPont Award.

Jess Gomez
Correspondent
Jess Gomez

Jessica Jallings Gomez has more than 20 years of television storytelling experience. For more than a decade she was a reporter and anchor at local news affiliates around the country, including NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX stations. Jessica's stories have been featured on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News and CNN. After leaving local news to start a family, Jessica started her own video production company, Story Place Productions. Story Place helps organizations large and small share their message through video. Meantime, Jessica continues to work in news, freelancing as a host and correspondent.

Diane Roberts
Correspondent
Diane Roberts

Diane Roberts is an award-winning journalist who’s passionate about storytelling. As a veteran broadcaster, Diane has worked as an anchor, producer and correspondent, seamlessly moving between news and sports on both the local and national level. Clients include Entertainment Tonight, AARP and Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien. As president and founder of Diane’s Talking, she's produced content for non-profits and corporations alike. Her wealth of experience has made her sought after as a media coach and trainer for individuals, small businesses, executives and military personnel.

DC Team
Rita Aleman
Executive Producer
Rita Aleman

Matter of Fact Executive Producer, Rita Hagen Aleman, a longtime member of the Hearst Television family, is a veteran journalist, producer, storyteller, and writer. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle, honoring a lifetime of dedication to the television industry. She has earned multiple Emmy awards and a USC Walter Cronkite Award for her work producing politically themed programming, including a highly rated prime time news magazine show. A Wisconsin native, she is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, and holds a Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin. Go PACK Go!

Sheila Jaskot
Senior Producer
Sheila Jaskot

Sheila Jaskot, Senior Producer, is an Emmy Award-winning producer with prior experience including CBS Evening News Weekend and C-SPAN. She has coordinated multiple major media events such as Presidential Inaugurations, Democratic and Republican Conventions and State funerals. Jaskot helped launch the American History TV channel for C-SPAN and was a principle producer on “The Contenders,” a series of live programs looking at presidential candidates who lost their elections but had a lasting effect on U.S. politics. She lives in the Washington, DC area.

Rob Pohle
Production Manager
Rob Pohle

Rob brings over 25 years of experience in the media industry. His international production experience spans from Broadcast to Documentaries and gives this award winning Director of Photography & Editor a broad world view that continues to serve him—and those who work with him—to this day. His passion for the moving image drives him in the pursuit of not only those images which are beautiful, but also those that need to be shared.

Lauren Westberg
Associate Producer
Lauren Westberg

Lauren Westberg joins Matter of Fact after completing her Master's degree from Boston University. Her passion for fair and accurate journalism pushes her to seek compelling ways to bring hidden stories to light. A California native, Lauren earned her Bachelor's from Purdue University.

Orlando Team
Rick Scharf
Operations Manager at WESH
Rick Scharf

Rick joined Hearst’s WESH-TV in 1979 , and has managed the production of WESH2 and CW18’s coverage of major live events in Central Florida, including Space Shuttle launches, political debates, and sports specials. Prior to moving to Central Florida, Rick’s television experience included stops in Columbus, Ohio, St. Louis, Missouri, Bloomington, Indiana, and South Bend, Indiana. Rick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science in Telecommunications from Indiana University.

Greg Geist
Program Editor
Greg Geist

For over 30 years, Greg has produced, shot, and edited hundreds of commercials and dozens of long-format presentations for businesses and non-profits. As an accomplished live-TV director and technical director in a top 20 market, he’s directed countless newscasts, political debates and live specials. Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Ohio University.

Dominique Robinson
Editor
Dominique Robinson

Dominique Robinson has spent the last 15 years working in various Emmy and Murrow award- winning newsrooms across Florida. She has honed her editing skills on the countless number of breaking news stories that only Florida can produce. She is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a degree in Communications and minor in History. Dominique is a huge news and pop culture junkie.

Stephanie Daugherty
Graphics
Stephanie Daugherty

As the Assistant Director for Hearst Television’s centralized design department, Stephanie oversees a team of artists that create graphics for 26 of HTV’s markets each day. Since 1999 she has the opportunity to work with newsrooms in 45 markets, but it all started with an amazing opportunity to learn television from the ground up at WWBT, Richmond’s NBC affiliate. She received her Bachelor’s in Visual Communication from Towson University and lives in sunny Florida with her family.

Nicole Houston
Graphics
Nicole Houston

Nicole received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Imaging from Northern Michigan University in 2006. She has been creating television graphics for 9 years, all of them in graphics hubs servicing multiple local stations across the nation. At home, she’s delighted to be greeted by the smiling face of her rescued corgi-mix, Kaylee Thor.