Joy-Ann Reid

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As the American people struggle to watch the actions of the current president’s administration, TV viewers can at least delight in political pundits whipping out and/or demanding “receipts” while discussing the nitty gritty of his policies. MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid, known to have a firestorm of facts tucked away beneath a cool demeanor, is one of such national correspondents. The political analyst with liberal viewpoints currently holds court on her weekend morning show “AM Joy,” and appears as a reporter and guest/analyst on various other MSNBC and NBC News programs. Prior to that, Reid was the host of MSNBC’s “The Reid Report,” an hour-long daily program that offered her distinctive analysis and insight on the day’s news.

Before claiming her anchor’s seat on national television, the 49-year-old Brooklynite, who was born to a Guyanese mother and Congolese father, was the former managing editor of TheGrio.com for nearly three years. This highlight of her writing career capped off time spent as a freelance columnist and contributing writer for a host of publications, such as The New York Times, The Daily Beast, New York magazine, The Guardian, the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Times and Salon.

Education-wise, Reid had a slightly different entryway into the political media arena. The 1991 Harvard University graduate (and 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow) started with a concentration in film, earning her BFA in Visual and Environmental Studies. This side of her expertise manifests itself in Imagelab Media Group, LLC, a video production and communications firm, where she has been a managing partner since 2005.

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