CNN's Soledad O'Brien Talks On
Children and Nature, Connecting with Audiences
Soledad O’Brien, host of CNN’s morning news show, “Starting Point,” can be hard to catch up with, as she’s always on the go. But recently, she paused graciously to chat with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee, Valerie Rose Redmond of the Midwest External Affairs Office. In a brief interview, she shared some of her thoughts on children and nature and how to connect with audiences.
When asked how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could garner more mainstream media attention on conservation issues, O’Brien advised writers to frame their agenda and policy items around the people that they impact. “I think stories are about people," she says. “What [audiences] want to understand is that a child gets to do X because of some policy so I would start framing your stories that way.”
When asked if she engages her children in nature, O’Brien is enthusiastic. “Yeah I do,” she says, "I have four kids. We take them upstate New York a lot. It’s just lovely nature. The kids love hiking and swimming. They’re really into all of that.”
Valerie Rose Redmond,
CNN's Soledad O’Brien makes an emphatic point during a discussion about framing stories around the people that they impact. Courtesy photo by Valerie Rose Redmond