Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. She is the CEO of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues. In addition to anchoring and producing “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” she also reports regularly for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” and PBS NewsHour. She is the author of two critically acclaimed books, “The Next Big Story” and “Latino in America.” She is the winner of multiple Emmy awards, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. DuPont Award. In 2018, O’Brien was honored as broadcaster of the year by the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association. She was also named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek magazine’s “10 People who Make America Great.” In 2013, O’Brien taught at Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Archives. In 2015, O’Brien joined the RAND Corporation’s Board of Trustees. In 2011, O’Brien and her husband Brad Raymond created the PowHERful Foundation, which helps get young women get to and through college. O’Brien lives in New York with her husband and four children.
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.
Leone Lakhani is a former CNN reporter and BBC correspondent with extensive international reporting experience. While based in London and Abu Dhabi, Leone covered everything from the government crackdown in Bahrain, to the first Egyptian elections after the Arab Spring. Leone has also interviewed celebrities including Tom Cruise on his Mission Impossible series, John Travolta on his life as a pilot, and sports stars like Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer. Upon returning to Washington, DC, Leone reported and produced content for digital news platform The Cipher Brief, which focused on U.S. national security issues. Leone has written and produced several long and short-format stories, covering world events like the Israel-Lebanon War from Gaza, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the death of Osama Bin Laden. Leone currently divides her time between Washington, DC and London.
Jillian O’Brien is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning producer with more than twenty years of broadcast news experience. Prior to joining Matter of Fact, she was assistant news director at Hearst Television’s KSBW in Monterey-Salinas, California. O’Brien, who is no relation to the show’s host and producer, began her career as a desk assistant at CNN in New York, and then moved to KSBW for her first tour. She was then executive producer at KRON in San Francisco. In 2009 she returned to CNN as a senior producer with CNN International where she was based in Abu Dhabi and later moved to HLN in Atlanta.
Tolleah Price is an award-winning journalist passionate about telling under-reported stories with the quality, depth, and time they deserve. Prior to joining Matter of Fact as the program’s first supervising producer, she was a member of the investigative unit at NBC Washington. She was a line producer for Al Jazeera America’s flagship program, America Tonight, and covered breaking news around the country for CBS News as a digital journalist. Tolleah launched her career as a producer at WJRT in Flint, Michigan.
Ashqelynn Ayers is a producer with more than ten years of experience in broadcast television and production. Before joining Matter of Fact, Ashqelynn covered breaking news as a content producer at NBC Washington. As a segment producer at NewsOne Now with Roland Martin on TV One, she covered the major headlines from the African-American perspective. Ashqelynn is originally from Houston, Texas, where she began her career.
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.
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.
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.
Jon is a director/TD/editor with almost 10 years experience covering local news with Hearst affiliates WESH-TV and WPBF-TV. In addition to Matter Of Fact, he has directed countless newscasts and has helped cover presidential debates, major severe weather events and several breaking news stories.
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.
Tyler realized his passion for graphics and editing while serving in the US Air Force in the beautiful state of Alaska. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Digital Art and Design from Full Sail University and has been at HTVDesign for the past five years, creating graphics for 26 news stations across the country. He assisted with the creation of the season 2 graphics package for Matter of Fact and has since become the Lead Designer for the program.