NEW YORK— Smart and courageous, Soledad O’Brien rose to national fame on “Weekend Today” in the late 1990’s.

She then built her career over the next 14 years.

“I will always be a journalist. I love reporting stories. You know, journalism has changed a lot, I think a lot of the tenets stayed the same, but journalism has changed. We’re really sort of in the business of creating content,” O’Brien explained.

And a change in the business brought a change in O’Brien, you could say.

She talked about what made her ready to take the leap and do something more for herself.

“I just really like stories. And when I began to realize there are lots of different ways to tell those same stories. Those things that I think journalism could make better and inform were amazing,” O’Brien said.