Partnership for After School Education

Biography

Kate O'Brian is currently the president of Al Jazeera America, the international news channel. Before being appointed to this role in August 2013, Kate was senior vice president for News at ABC where she was responsible for ABC News' newsgathering operations, including all ABC News bureaus worldwide, business, law and justice, medical, and investigative units, NewsOne, ABC News Radio and affiliate relations. Before this position, Ms. O'Brian was the vice president of NewsOne and ABSAT, where she managed ABC's affiliate news service and the satellite newsgathering arm of ABC. In 2003 she was ABC News' Southern bureau chief, based in Atlanta. There she was responsible for the coordination of assignments in the Southern region for the various platforms of ABC News. Ms. O'Brian began her career at ABC News as a television desk assistant in New York. She then joined the staff of "This Week with David Brinkley" for its launch in 1981, and stayed with the broadcast for four years. A 30-year veteran of ABC News, Ms. O'Brian has served in many roles throughout the division, including as 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 DC and New York; and manager in Talent Development. Since 2007, Ms. O'Brian has won an Alfred I. duPont Award as part of the "This Week with David Brinkley" team, an Emmy Award for the 2000 Millennium coverage and two awards for September 11 coverage -- a second Alfred I. duPont and a Peabody Award.