Wanting to do more than report on lives disrupted by tragedy, broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien started the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation to help young women succeed despite the odds.

Soledad O’Brien started her eponymous foundation to “make a tangible change” for disadvantaged girls.

As a journalist for CNN, Soledad O’Brien covered many natural disasters and human tragedies. While witnessing so many people in need, O’Brien realized she wanted to do more than just report the story. “How do you make a tangible change?” she says. Rebuilding homes wasn’t something she thought she and her husband, Brad Raymond, could tackle, but they believed they could help “give something no one could take away—education.”

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