O'Brian will speak about Al Jazeera America's role in the changing landscape of the news media at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the Adrian Lamb Room.
Al Jazeera America is a cable and satellite news television channel owned by Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network. O'Brian will cover the difference between cable and broadcast news, how cable has changed since its inception, why it is important for Al Jazeera to enter the U.S. marketplace and what it offers the U.S. audience.
O'Brian joined the Al Jazeera America team with 30 years of experience at ABC. In her most recent role as senior vice president of news-gathering operations, O'Brian was responsible for all ABC News bureaus worldwide; business, law and justice, medical and investigative units; NewsOne and ABC News Radio and affiliate relations. O'Brian also was general manager of programming for ABC News Radio, responsible for editorial content; overseas field producer in Rome and London; producer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, both in Washington, D.C., and New York; and manager in talent development.
She began as a television desk assistant in New York and joined the staff of This Week with David Brinkley when it launched in 1981.
O'Brian has won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award as part of the This Week with David Brinkley team, an Emmy Award for the 2000 Millennium coverage at ABC News and a George Foster Peabody Award for ABC News' September 11 coverage.
In 2014, the library is celebrating 20 years of honoring Salant through journalism-related lectures. The lecture program and the library's Richard Salant Room are named for the late president of CBS news, whose tenure in the 1960s and 1970s included the news challenges of the Vietnam War and Watergate. Salant lived in New Canaan for 37 years. He died in 1993.
Seating is limited and registration is suggested. and can be done by visiting newcanaanlibrary.org.