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Soledad O'Brien speaks to GSU students

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Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien brought a message of challenge and encouragement to Georgia Southern University students and others when she spoke at Hanner Fieldhouse.

O'Brien, a morning host for CNN, spoke with WTOC and other media prior to her presentation. She talked about her message to students who're trying to chart their future.

"My mother used to say not to listen to other people because they're idiots and if you listen to them instead of yourself, you're an idiot," she said with a laugh. "You have to know what is right for you and pursue it."

Her presentation was the final segment of the university's observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. She was hosted by the Multicultural Student Center.

O'Brien also talked about the rise of social media and how it has shaped some aspects of journalism and communication. She also chatted about covering such world events as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and the Sandy Hook shooting, among others.

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