Kate O'Brian is the president of Al Jazeera America. Before joining Al Jazeera, O’Brian spent more than than 30 years at ABC News, where she most recently served as senior vice-president for news. At ABC News, she was responsible for newsgathering operations, including all ABC News bureaus worldwide, business, law and justice, medical, and investigative units, NewsOne, ABC News Radio and affiliate relations. Prior to this role, 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, including network news coverage, NewsOne, ABC News Radio and ABCNEWS.com. 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 Alfred I. duPont and a Peabody Award for September 11 coverage.