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Soledad O'Brien of Smithtown joins 'Real Sports'

CNN news anchor Soledad O'Brien was born and

CNN news anchor Soledad O'Brien was born and raised in St. James and graduated from Smithtown High School East. (Credit: Andrew Eccles)

Soledad O'Brien, CNN"s talented and hardworking former morning person and long form anchor who didn't quite mesh with the new Jeff Zucker CNN, is joining "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." She's from Smithtown, and grew up in St. James, by the way, but I'll bet you know that already.

Besides contributing to "Real Sports," she'll also develop docs for HBO, or per the network:

In addition to joining REAL SPORTS, O’Brien and her production company, Starfish Media Group, will have an overall relationship with HBO granting the network first look at scripted projects and long-form programming concepts that she and her team develop.

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