Meet The Team

Soledad O’Brien
Host
Soledad O’Brien

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.

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.

DC Team
Jillian O'Brien
Executive Producer
Jillian O'Brien

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
Supervising Producer
Tolleah Price

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.

Rob Pohle
Director of Production
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.

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.

Jon Costa
Editor
Jon Costa

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. 

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.

Tyler Robinson
Graphics
Tyler Robinson

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.