Reid at Politicon in 2018
Joy-Ann M. Lomena
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
Jason Reid (m. 1997)
Joy-Ann M. Lomena-Reid (born 1968), known professionally as Joy Reid, is an American cable television host and a national correspondent at MSNBC. In 2016, The Hollywood Reporter described her as one of the political pundits "who have been at the forefront of the cable-news conversations this election season." That same year, she wrote a book on the recent history of the Democratic Party, called Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide. She currently hosts the weekly MSNBC morning show AM Joy, and in 2019 published the book, The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story.
Reid was born Joy-Ann Lomena in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and her mother a college professor and nutritionist from British Guiana; the two met in graduate school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Reid was raised Methodist and has one sister and one brother. Her father was an engineer who was mostly absent from the family; her parents eventually divorced and her father returned to the Congo . She was raised mostly in Denver, Colorado, until the age of 17, when her mother died of breast cancer and she moved to Flatbush, New York, to live with an aunt. Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a concentration in film.
In a 2013 interview on MSNBC, Reid recalled that her college experience was a quick immersion into a demographically opposite place from where she lived, from a community that was 80 percent African-American to a community that was six percent African-American. She had to learn to live with roommates and people who were not her family. She paid her own bills and tuition while at Harvard, and said it was a good learning and growing experience overall.
Reid began her journalism career in 1997, leaving New York and her job at a business consulting firm to begin working in southern Florida for a WSVN Channel 7 morning show. She left journalism in 2003 to oppose the war in Iraq and President George W. Bush, but returned to broadcasting as a talk radio host, and then worked in the Barack Obama presidential campaign.
From 2006 to 2007, Reid was the co-host of Wake Up South Florida, a morning radio talk show broadcast from Radio One's then-Miami affiliate WTPS, alongside "James T" Thomas. She served as managing editor of The Grio (2011–2014), a political columnist for Miami Herald (2003–2015), and the editor of The Reid Report political blog (2000–2014).
From February 2014 to February 2015, Reid hosted her own afternoon cable news show, The Reid Report. The show was canceled on February 19, 2015 and Reid was shifted to a new role as an MSNBC national correspondent.
Since May 2016, Reid has hosted AM Joy, a political weekend-morning talk show on MSNBC, and is a frequent substitute for other MSNBC hosts, including Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow. As of 2018, Reid's morning show on Saturday averages nearly 1 million weekly viewers.
Reid also teaches a Syracuse University class in Manhattan exploring race, gender and the media.
Reception and honors
In 2016, The Hollywood Reporter said she had the "ability to break down complex issues in a way that makes them digestible and accessible." In 2018, the New York Times stated that "Ms. Reid, the daughter of immigrants, has emerged as a "heroine" of the anti-Trump "resistance".
Reid was a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. In 2018, Reid was nominated for three NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards. One for her ground-breaking segment where a Pastor is pulled to safety at Charlottesville white nationalists march, for Reid's reporting on the damage caused by the hurricanes to the U.S. Virgin Islands and lastly for the segment that won her an award Tragedy of ‘Time: The Kalief Browder Story’ where Reid sat down with Kalief's brother Deion Browder and filmmaker Julia Mason.
Controversial blog posts
In late 2017 and again in April 2018, a Twitter user @Jamie_maz reproduced posts written between 2007 and 2009 on Reid's former blog "Reid Report" which, as The Nation described it, "us[ed] the trope of gay sex to mock politicians and journalists." Following criticism, Reid apologized, calling the posts "insensitive, tone deaf and dumb." A second batch of posts gained attention, which described kissing between men as disgusting to straight people, accused gay men of being "attracted to very young, post-pubescent types", and declared opposition to same-sex marriage. In one post, Reid wrote about her views: “Does that make me homophobic? Probably.” Reid claimed she did not remember making those posts, and asked lawyers to investigate if her blog or its archives might have been hacked, though Wayback Machine, where the posts had been found, said it detected no evidence of hacking in the archived versions of her site. The second batch of posts prompted LGBT advocacy group PFLAG to rescind its plan to give Reid an award, and The Daily Beast to suspend future columns from her. An analysis published by that website thoroughly disputed her claims of being a victim of hacking. Reid opened the April 28, 2018, edition of AM Joy with an apology. Responses to her apology tended to be divided along party lines.
In April 2018, blog posts from 2005 through 2007 were brought to public attention. According to the Washington Post, Reid encouraged her readers to watch the 9/11 film Loose Change and appeared to support Iranian hostility to Israel. Another controversial post, this one from 2007, used a photoshopped image of Senator John McCain superimposed on the body of 2007 Virginia Tech University gunman. In June 2018, Reid formally apologized, saying she had evolved in the years since she wrote the posts: "I’m a better person today than I was over a decade ago. There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed. Today I’m sincerely apologizing again." The MSNBC network expressed its continued support, saying in a statement that some of the blog posts were "obviously hateful and hurtful", but that they were "not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years" and that "Joy has apologized publicly and privately and said she has grown and evolved in the many years since, and we know this to be true."
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- On 13 July 2019 she was interviewed by author Sophia Nelson on the C-SPAN 2 Book TV After Words program.
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- "Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide". Kirkus Reviews. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
- Reid, Joy-Ann (2015). Fracture - Joy-Ann Reid - E-book. HarperCollins US. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
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- "Women's Media Center Announces Sally Field as the 2016 Host at the Women's Media Awards". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
- Ahmed, Tufayel (December 4, 2017). "MSNBC's Joy Reid apologizes for decade-old homophobic blog posts about Charlie Crist". Newsweek. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
- Guthrie Weissman, Cale (April 24, 2018). "The Internet Archive rejects MSNBC host Joy Reid's claim that her old blog was hacked". Fast Company. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
The Internet Archive says Reid’s lawyers contacted the organization back in December, claiming that “fraudulent” text had been “inserted into legitimate content,” and asking the organization to take those posts offline.
- Kim, Richard (April 27, 2018). "The Very Specific 2006-ishness of Those Alleged Joy Reid Posts". The Nation. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
I don't know if Reid wrote the posts in question, but it wouldn't surprise me if she, or any liberal blogger at the time, had.
- Nyren, Erin (3 December 2017). "Joy Reid Apologizes for Old Homophobic Blog Posts: They Were 'Insensitive, Tone Deaf and Dumb'". Variety.
According to Mediaite, the statements, which were posted between 2007 and 2009—The Reid Report has been shut down for several years—speculate on the sexuality of then-Florida governor Charlie Crist, who Reid refers to as "Miss Charlie" several times throughout. The posts mock him for supposedly being a closeted gay man, including the conspiracy theory that Crist married his then-wife Carole Rome in order to further his chances of becoming John McCain's running mate. Crist, at the time a conservative politician, was well-known for holding policy views against same-sex marriage, though he has since switched stances and political parties.
- "The Joy Reid controversy, from homophobic blog posts to a hacking claim, explained". Vox. 28 April 2018.
- "LGBT advocacy group rescinds award to Joy Reid". CBS News. April 27, 2018. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
When we extended our invitation to Ms. Reid to honor her at our 45th anniversary celebration, we did so knowing about the blog posts from the late 2000s regarding Charlie Crist. We appreciated how she stepped up, took ownership, apologized for them, and did better—this is the behavior and approach we ask of any ally. However, in light of new information, and the ongoing investigation of that information, we must at this time rescind our award to Ms. Reid.
- Levine, Jon (April 26, 2018). "Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column Over 'Serious' Accusations About Past Homophobic Blog Posts". thewrap.com. TheWrap. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
- Kevin Poulsen (April 26, 2018). "Claims by Joy Reid’s Cybersecurity Expert Fall Apart". The Daily Beast
- Hayes, Christal (April 28, 2018). "Joy Reid: 'I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things'". usatoday.com. USA Today. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
- Wang, Amy B (April 28, 2018). "Joy Reid apologizes for anti-LGBT posts, says she can't prove her blog was hacked". Washington Post. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
Reid’s apology received mixed reactions, split largely along party lines. The MSNBC host was widely panned by those on the right, who found her hacking claims flimsy and her apology halfhearted…Others, including Reid’s colleagues at NBC as well as members of the LGBT community who appeared on her show after her open, praised Reid for taking responsibility for her actions and for vowing to do better.
- Farhi, Paul (June 1, 2018). "MSNBC stands by Joy Reid after new apology for controversial blog posts". Washington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
After two days of internal deliberations, the network’s executives chose to side with Reid. “Some of the things written by Joy on her old blog are obviously hateful and hurtful,” MSNBC said in a statement. “They are not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years. Joy has apologized publicly and privately and said she has grown and evolved in the many years since, and we know this to be true.”
- Concha, Joe (May 31, 2018). "Joy Reid's old blog showed photoshopped McCain as Virginia Tech shooter". The Hill. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
The post includes a caption with an actual quote from McCain declaring that he would follow al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was still in hiding at the time, "to the gates of hell to capture him."
- Victor, Daniel (2018-06-01). "Joy Reid, MSNBC Host, Apologizes Again as More Incendiary Blog Posts Surface". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-31.