O’Brien, who departed CNN in 2013, joins Hearst after leaving Al Jazeera America, where she served as a contributor until the channel closed down earlier this year.
“It’s been a year of loudness and emotion over the most sensitive of issues, and sometimes the truly crucial conversation is drowned amid the noise of the traditional news cycle. The format of a weekly political magazine show will help us look at the issues with an added context and perspective of the discourse,” said O’Brien in a statement about her new show.
In addition to her work as an anchor, the 49-year-old TV talent has also produced award-winning documentaries like her “Black in America” and “Latino in America” series.
“Matter of Fact” is produced at the Newseum in Washington, DC and will broadcast 48 weeks of original content on 30 stations, across Hearst TV’s 26 markets.
The show is being distributed by Sony Pictures Television is currently sold to networks in 75% of the United States.