Soledad O’Brien connects with Miami

Soledad O’Brien
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Soledad O’Brien is rocking out on tour, and her mission has nothing to do with music.

The award-winning journalist is traveling around the country for “I Am Latino in America,” chatting about such community issues as voting, the economy and education. The 49-year-old St. James, New York, native made a stop at Florida International University on Monday night.

O’Brien, a former CNN and NBC anchor who heads up Starfish multimedia production company, said she feels a kinship with Miami, as her mother is from Cuba.

“It’s great to be here,” said the married mother of four. “I do feel a definite connection.”

As for the topics du jour, O’Brien, whose father is from Australia, said there is just no getting around bringing up Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“I think he’s part of the conversation now, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” she said. “What’s important is that the topics are being discussed.”

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