Kate O’Brian is president of Al Jazeera America and oversees all editorial content on the television network and website, including news hours, prime time programming, and documentary series.
Prior to joining Al Jazeera America, O’Brian was at ABC News for almost 30 years. Her most recent role was senior vice president of newsgathering operations, for which she was responsible for all of 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. During her career at ABC, O’Brian served in various roles including 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.
During her time at ABC News, O’Brian won multiple awards, including two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, and an Emmy Award.
Ms. O’Brian is married and has two daughters. She is a graduate of Smith College.