MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid Makes Cable News History with "The ReidOut"

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Political analyst Joy-Ann Reid is making television history as she becomes the first woman of color to anchor a prime-time news show on MSNBC and the only Black woman currently anchoring a prime-time news show on any of the major networks. The last Black woman to host a prime-time network news show was Gwen Ifill, who, along with Judy Woodruff, was a co-anchor on the PBS NewsHour until her death at age 61 in 2016.

Joy-Ann’s new show will take over the primetime slot once held by Chris Matthews’ Hardball, and will be based out of Washington, D.C.

Joy also has a best-selling new book: The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story (Harper Collins, 2019), was published in June and is a New York Times best seller. She is the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2015) and the co-editor, with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, of We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama (Bloomsbury, 2016).

Reid’s columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, New York Magazine and The Daily Beast.

She has previously worked in local TV news, as a talk radio producer and host, and in politics as a Florida press secretary for America Coming Together (2004) and a Florida press aide for the Barack Obama campaign (2008). As the former managing editor of TheGrio.com, Reid led a staff of 12 young journalists in exploring stories and issues of importance to African-Americans. After a stint with The Grio from 2011 to 2014, she was tapped to host her first branded cable news show: The Reid Report, a daily news program on MSNBC. In 2014, she took the helm of the Saturday 10 a.m. to noon block with “AM Joy.” The daughter of a college professor mom, Reid taught a course on “race, gender and media” at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications’ New York City annex from 2017 through 2018.

Reid graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in film in 1991. She and her husband Jason own a documentary film production company. They reside in New York and have three children.

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