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Guyanese Heritage: Joy-Ann (“Joy”) Reid – TV Personality/Managing Editor/Political Commentator

MSNBC ANCHORS — Season: 2016 — Pictured: Joy Reid — (Photo by: Art Streiber/MSNBC)

Joy-Ann (“Joy”) Reid is the former managing editor of 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,,, 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.

For more information on Joy’s work, check out, or follow her on Twitter.

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Comments (19)

Dear Ms. Reid, it is truly a “Great Joy” watching, and listening to you on TV. Honestly, no “pun” is intended. My three closest colleagues just love you. You truly make us (Guyanese) proud.

I am not a Jamaican, nor guyanese, nor congolese but i think the Lady is great; her analysis are generally deep, concise and to the point. Great Job! Love!

Thank you for your comment Yao, and thanks for stopping by GGR. All nationalities are welcome!

Omg!! My husband said Joy is of Guyanese heritage and I doubted him. I am Guyanese and I must admit I was not really team Joy Reid. You go girl! now I have to add your show to my record list. Rachel Maddow now you have completion.

Joy you make all of your fans proud. You are undeniably the most intelligent anchor on MSNBC. ….as Chris Mathews says ‘ You are his new best friend. You are so young and smart , you remember things that happened before you were born. He wondered where and how you keep all that information in your brain !.’ Ditto!!! I love MSNBC but you touch my heart. I’m also proud to know that you are of Guyanese heritage. I am Haitian and a proud Americian.

Joy, undeniably the most intelligent anchor on MSNBC. ….as Chris Mathews says ‘ You are his new best friend’ Ditto!!! I love MSNBC but you touch my heart. I’m also proud to know that you are of Guyanese heritage. I am Haitian and a proud Americian.

Joy-Ann Reid has original and poignant insights on many topics she deals with…one of the best journalist in the business today!

When I hear Joy’s in-depth, insightful analysis of ANY topic, my 68 y/young African-American heart is filled w/ PRIDE!!

saran. where and how do I order these raspberry drops?

where do I order these from? help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I told my very savvy wife after watching Joy for months that Joy is the smartest rising star on political TV. She studies hard and her opinions are very analytical. And this was all before I knew that her mom and I are both Guyanese. Joy Reid rocks!

Yes she does rock Colin. Thanks for your comment.

Love watching your show very intelligent, great job,

Love am Joy!! Would love to meet her in person one day!

Joy just watching your comments and suggestions on MSNBC. Makes me extremely proud please keep up the good work JOY

A brilliant mind. i often watch her on MSNBC. I love Morning Joy.

I am so proud to know you are Guyanese Heritage, I am so proud to be a Guyanese toi

My parents are Guyanese. Because of different reasons Guyanese are scattered all over the world.. I am married to a Guyanese.
Joy , we are very proud of you. You are smart , beautiful and funny. Perfect,you go girl.
I am proud to be a Guyanese. And I love roti and curry, and pepper pot ,

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