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Joy-Ann Reid

MSNBC National Correspondent and Author


  • U.S. Politics
  • American History
  • American Culture
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Political Campaigns (Democratic and Republican)
  • Civil Rights/Voting Rights


New York

Joy-Ann Reid is a national correspondent for MSNBC, host of “AM Joy” and “The Reid Report, and the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow). Reid is the former Managing Editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. She joined theGrio.com with experience as a freelance columnist for the Miami Herald and as editor of the political blog The Reid Report. Reid is also a former talk radio producer and host for Radio One, and previously served as an online news editor for the NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miramar, Florida.

During the 2004 presidential campaign, Reid served as the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 "America Coming Together" initiative, and was a press aide in the final stretch of President Barack Obama's Florida campaign in 2008.

Reid’s columns and articles have appeared in New York magazine, The Daily Beast, the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the South Florida Times and on Salon.com.

In May 2016, Reid was honored by the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews with the Hank Meyer National Headliner Award, an award previously given to fellow journalists Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw, among others. She is currently producing a documentary, "The Fight Years"—which takes a look into the sport of boxing during the 1950s and 1960s in Miami.

Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a concentration in film, and is a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and family.

Praise for Fracture:

“Joy-Ann Reid exposes race as the San Andreas Fault of American politics. She exposes the white-black friction that’s propelled so much of our country’s debate, from Lincoln-Douglas to Obama-Clinton. Reid’s candid and tough chronicle nails it.”
--Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews

“An instant classic of political journalism by one of the nation’s most gifted public intellectuals. Joy-Ann Reid offers a searing analysis of the Clintons and Obama in a brilliant work that is at once epic historical saga, gripping social thriller, astute frontline reportage, and edifying political tract.”
-- Michael Eric Dyson, author of the forthcoming The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America

“A profoundly necessary text. ... Takes on the ambitious task of connecting the contemporary Democratic Party to fifty years of fascinating and fast-paced historical change. ... If you plan to vote in 2016, you need to read Fracture.”
--Melissa Harris-Perry, Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University and MSNBC host

“Joy Reid has written a book that we should all read. She lays out politics in a clear and concise fashion, and we can all learn from her honesty and conviction to get the politics of America right.”
--Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and the Founder and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School

“Reid brilliantly mines well-known post-civil rights movement political ‘moments’ to illuminate the slow-shifting and all-too-often slyly static role of race in shaping the political landscape. ... And in the telling, she suggests we may yet choose to heal our fractured country.”
--Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

“Provocative and well-argued.”

“Illuminating and accessible. ... Reid pulls no punches... and presents a balanced view of [Obama] and his administration.”
--Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating. ... A Compelling examination of racial issues in national politics.”
--Shelf Awareness

“Every page... is alive with historical heft and context.”
--South Florida Times