September 7, 2018

America’s #1-Rated Syndicated Political TV Show Kicks off New Season


“Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien,” America’s #1-Rated Syndicated Political TV Show, Kicks off New Season with more Conversations as Diverse as America

Show Airs on ABC 40/29 KHBS KHOG TV at Sunday at 5:30 am, 10:00 am or 11:30 pm.

For its 2018-2019 season premiere, “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” takes viewers into the most bedrock of U.S. industries – dairy farming – and the most futuristic – artificial intelligence (AI).   It will also address presidential politics, as Soledad interviews Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti about his White House ambitions.

First, the show travels to Wisconsin, which lost more than 500 dairy farms in 2017.  Correspondent Jessica Gomez talks to farmers, many of whom voted for President Trump, about how the Administration’s tariffs are uprooting their livelihoods and impacting their outlook on the forthcoming elections.

Then, Soledad visits Boston to talk to MIT PhD, Rhodes and Fulbright scholar, and Algorithmic Justice League founder Joy Buolamwini about the Brave New World of Artificial Intelligence.  The increasingly intuitive technology is permeating every aspect of our lives including our job searches, auto-insurance coverage, healthcare, exposure to legal risks, our information flow and our privacy.   Ms. Buolamwini’s concerns about algorithmic bias in AI led IBM to change their coding practices.

“Part of ‘Matter of Fact’s’ mission is not simply to follow the headlines, but to provide stories and voices that are fresh.   This week’s show exemplifies that,” said Jillian O’Brien, “Matter of Fact” executive producer.  “Our launch show really hits the mark for the themes that viewers can expect on ‘Matter of Fact’:  fresh voices, unique stories, and an engaging anchor who will make viewers feel like they’re part of the conversation and not a passive observer.”



About 40/29, KHBS/KHOG-TV
KHBS/KHOG-TV, an ABC affiliate owned and operated by Hearst Television Inc., has been operating in the Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers DMA for over 45 years.  KHBS/KHOG-TV’s local and ABC network programming continues to be seen on the station’s primary over-the-air channels, 40.1 and 29.1, as well as Cox Cable channel 7 and HD channel 2007 and ATT U-verse channel 29/40 and HD channel 1029/1040.  On DISH Network KHBS is available on channel 40 and KHOG is available on 29.  DirecTV viewers can find the station on channel 40 and 29.  The ABC station is also cleared on Diamond Net on various channel positions. The station’s web address is www.4029tv.com


About Soledad O’Brien 

Soledad O’Brien, host and producer of MATTER OF FACT, is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. She is CEO of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company. O'Brien has produced non-scripted programming, dozens of documentaries, and presented live events, concert specials, and award shows on numerous platforms, including CNN, Nat Geo, HBO, NBC, MSNBC, A&E Network, and Lifetime. She currently reports for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” regularly contributes to the PBS NewsHour and WebMD, and serves as host and Executive Producer of both Mysteries and Scandals on Oxygen and “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?” on FOX.  She is the author of two critically acclaimed books and winner of multiple Emmy awards, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. DuPont Award.  O’Brien and her husband also created the PowHERful Foundation, which helps get young women get into and through college.  Follow her on Twitter: @soledadobrien.