Joy-Ann (“Joy”) Reid is the former managing editor of TheGrio.com and host of the AM Joy show on MSNBC. She is also a political columnist for the Miami Herald and editor of the political blog The Reid Report and is known for her very insightful and liberal political views. Joy was born to an African father from the Congo, and her late mother was from Guyana.
Joy has also worked as an Internet news editor for NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miami (from 2000 to 2004) and hosted a talk radio show for Radio One. In 2004, she took a break from media to serve as state deputy communications director for America Coming Together, which registered 50,000 voters in Florida, and in 2008, she worked on South Florida urban media outreach for the Barack Obama presidential campaign.
Joy has worked in television and radio news since 1998, including for WTVJ and Fox station WSVN. In addition to the Herald, her columns have appeared on Salon.com, TheGrio.com, CommonDreams.org, in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and the South Florida Times. From 2006-2007 she produced and co-hosted “Wake Up South Florida,” the morning show for Radio One’s then-Miami affiliate WTPS, alongside 30-year radio veteran James T. From 2008-2009 she co-hosted the weekly talk radio program “Elevating the Dialogue” on WNN-AM Fort Lauderdale. As a radio personality, Ms. Reid has interviewed national media and political figures including Bill Cosby, O.J. Simpson, Russell Simmons, and then-Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Joy is the managing partner of IMAGELAB, LLC, a video production and communications firm. Through IMAGELAB Films, she is currently producing a television documentary, “The Fight Years,” which chronicles the history of boxing in Miami.
Joy is a 1991 graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in visual and environmental studies with a concentration in film and a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She has appeared as a political commentator on national and local television and radio, including MSNBC, CNBC, Miami PBS affiliate WPBT Channel 2 (where she was a frequent panelist on the weekly public affairs program “Issues,” hosted by Miami journalist Helen Ferre,) on WTVJ/NBC 6, Britain’s Sky News and Miami radio stations WLRN (the PBS station in Miami) Hot 105 and 103.5 The Beat.