MSNBC Joy Reid Bio, Weight Loss, Salary, Homophobic, Husband Jason, Net Worth

Joy-Ann M. Lomena-Reid – usually known simply as Joy Reid – is a host and national correspondent for MSNBC, actually being one of the more popular hosts of the network, hosting a successful morning show for MSNBC. She has also written several books about the American political system, and her columns of political comment and analysis political have been featured in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, New York magazine, The Guardian and the Miami Herald. She is currently living in New York with her husband Jason, a documentary film editor for the Discovery Channel, and their three children.

Early Life and Family

Reid was born Joy-Ann Lomena in Brooklyn, New York City, on 8 December 1968. Her father was an engineer from the Congo, and her mother was a college professor and nutritionist from British Columbia, Canada, who met at the University of Iowa while they were studying in graduate school. When Joy was still young her parents divorced, and her father returned to the Congo. She was subsequently raised with her brother and sister in Denver, Colorado, but when Joy was 17, her mother died of cancer, and she then moved to Flatbush, New York City to live with an aunt. Reid attended Harvard University, where she first had an interest in a Pre-Med degree, but eventually followed her passion for journalism, although graduating in 1991 with a degree in film.


Reid began her career in journalism when she left her job at a business consulting firm in 1997, and started working for a WSVN Channel 7 morning show in Florida, then in 2003 she was accepted as a fellow at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. In the 2004 presidential campaign, Reid was the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 “America Coming Together” initiatives for the Democratic presidential campaign. Then in 2006, she was the co-host of “Wake Up, South Florida”, a morning talk show broadcast from Miami, Florida. Reid was also a press aide for President Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008.

In 2011, she was the managing editor of “The Grio” and, a political column at the Miami Herald, and launched and was the editor of her own political blog – “The Reid Report”.

In 2014-2015 Reid briefly hosted her own cable news show, also called “The Reid Report”, but it was canceled after one season. Later in 2015, she was named as a national correspondent for MSNBC, and in 2016 was the host of “AM Joy”, a political weekend morning talk show on MSNBC, which quickly became one of the most highly rated morning shows for the network. In 2015, she published the book “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide”. She was also the co-editor of “We Are The Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama”


In 2017, a twitter user published posts written by Reid from her blog, “The Reid Report” made from 2007 to 2009. The posts mocked gay people and accused some personalities of being gay but pretending to be straight for their own political gain. At first Reid denied these posts as her own, and even started an investigation to see if her blog was hacked. After the investigation, it was determined that there was no hacking involved, and they were indeed from her blog.

“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things, because they are completely alien to me,” Reid said on her show. “But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me. I’ve not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. I own that. I get it. And for that, I am truly, truly sorry.”

Later that same year, more posts from her blog resurfaced; these posts were about the relocation of Jews in Israel, and a mocking photo of the (now late) Senator John McCain. Reid formally apologized for those posts, and said she regretted making those statements and that she is “… 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.”

Despite the controversy and the backlash from many fans and organizations, MSNBC has supported their correspondent throughout all the allegations and the entire coverage. They believe that they do not reflect the person and professional that Reid has been for the past decade with the network.

Net worth and Social Media

Reid has a net worth of over $1.5 million, as estimated by authoritative sources. Reid and her husband have a mansion in Pembrook Pines, in Florida, and also an apartment in Manhattan’s exclusive Roosevelt Island. Reid has over 200,000 followers on Facebook, more than 100,000 on Instagram, and as many as 1.3 million fans on Twitter.

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    1. People living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. It is so easy to cast judgment from behind a false wall, and not show your identity, when branding others. Tolerance is certainly a virtue to hold.

    2. OMG, who told Joy she looks well with her new turd on her head?
      Very unfortunate choice, looks so wrong, so fake not to mention it uncovers her baldness. Yes, her hairline
      receded to the top of her head.
      How come MSNBC people let her appear in front of the camera?
      She does look ridiculous!

      1. I agre that her new hairdo does absolutely NOTHING to enhance her appearance….wrong “DO”. Nonetheless I love her show!

      2. Why do you not have a picture of yourself here so people can pick you apart. My mom always said if you can’t say anything nice, it’s best not to say anything at all! She’s a graduate from Harvard! A mother, wife, author, and intelligent tv host! And you…

    3. Agreed! She complains about Sanders every chance she gets and then condemns him for defending himself against her worthless attacks.

    4. Stop hating, work hard like she did, graduate from a school like Harvard like she did, humble yourself like she does, for you to call her out like that sounds like you do not like your own self!

    5. Not as nasty as your ugly mug. Your first female president will be a Black woman. How does that make you feel Becky? Or is it Karen. Eat your heart out.

  1. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those
    that trespass against us”
    The woman has admitted her shortcomings of the past, apologized and is trying to live a better life. I say trying because we are all imperfect so even with the best of intentions we falter at time. Stop being so critical and move on. There are much more important situations in this world that needs our collective energies.

  2. I’m wondering what charities Joy supports. With her income and net worth and constantly railing about the wealthy, what does she do to help others?

  3. I really like Joys shows on the the weekends. She is informative and and entertaining. However, I don’t think the hair style works for her. Its not attractive at all. It’s certainly her choice but it distracts from her show.

    1. I like Joy as a newscaster; she’s knowledgeable, well-informed and presents the news well. I would to see her do something more natural with her hair and makeup. She’s a beautiful, black woman without all of the fake hair.

  4. When I think about Joy’s homophobic comments, and then her lying, I am furious. I wish MSNBC would just get rid of her, I hate having her pop up when I am watching my favorite channel.

  5. Joy is a solid anchor with a command of the facts. Recognize her skill set and try not to be distracted by silly and most unfortunately disingenuous hair comments.
    I look forward to her ascending with the new show. I very recently listen to Joy’s narration on the late Congressman John Lewis after his passing on Friday, July 17,2020. Good work Joy, RIP John.

  6. I personally love JoyAnn Reid. She is an excellent example of a hard working person. I personally cannot judge the next person. I see more than hair and makeup. I just love her intelligence and caring spirit. I just pray for her and her family❤️


  7. I Love Joy Reid. She is beautiful an intelligent, amazing journalist who knows her politics. She is very informative and speaks facts. Joy personality is fun and She made history as the first black women of color to have 7pm time slot on MSNBC network. I don’t miss a show. She is great and will continue to rise above all the background noise. Kudos to MSNBC for selecting Joy Reid.

  8. I am a real fan of Joy Reid. She Is smart, fast on her feet and a real person. She doesn’t pull any punches. I loved her on AM JOY also. I am watching her as l leave this comment. Sept 9th, and thought she had on a light Brown T shirt under her dress. I was shocked to realize that was her makeup line. Her makeup people need to be fired. This is not the first time she has been made up totally unflattering to her skintone n features. Guest on the show notice it but are polite. She is too good for this sloppiness by her makeup people.!!

  9. Let’s all be mindful of the times we live in. I mean we’re living in a pandemic of all times. The president of the United States is against us and is out to destroy us all. Like our spanish family’s and other people of color stick together no matter what. Because of what we been thru, John Lewis, MLK, Rosa Parks, Malcom X, cappernick, George floyd, Jesus Christ, it a sign of the times for us to stick together and recognize that we are the people of the earth. We have to rebuild our world together. Let’s stop criticizing our faults and lift up our “Joys”, share our gifts, and highlight our talents. Let some freedom ring amongst us and for those that achieve extend your hand to lift us all. For together we stand as a people, as one! No need to bicker with each other, trust me, life is too short. Love your black sisters and brothers and show the world Black Lives DO Matter!

  10. Joy Reid intolerance of others is disturbing..
    Although no fan of Clarance Thomas rulings
    calling him Uncle Clarence on the air belittles
    her not him.
    This petty meanness in today’s political arena
    has to stop the sooner the better.

  11. I’ve admired Joy for her courage to tackle very difficult truths in history of African Americans cruel treatment in this country. Can’t take away her contributions to seeking out the truth using her professional skill sets. Yet I’m not a fan of Joy using her professional voice to overrun the voice of guest such as the one with the Lincoln Project last night on her show. It was a case of going too far to promote an exclusive black voice rather than promote pluralist viewpoints. I mean Joy has had to apologize for her unbridled comments in the public arena the past, so she would benefit by keeping a consistent professional stance like her colleague Rev. Sharpton. Finally,, like Mrs. Obama says, …We go high”, Period. I still love your work Joy, just be mindful.

  12. Dear Joy,

    1. I agree. Love you Joy… slow down and allow your guest to complete their statements. I understand how difficult it can be to find the right hair style and stylist— certainly cost can lead you closer to your desired look. Lastly, I don’t find your hair styling detracting —but the makeup on most evenings does not complement your beautiful face and smile. I see this often on news shows, not sure how the problem is solved, but for you Joy, it does need to be addressed.

  13. Like your show and watch every evening. I am however disappointed in your recent animated behavior which includes an abundance of loud shouting and silliness. Please, please, please maintain your professionalism and represent African American women with your intelligence and grace. You have a lot to say and we’re listening.

  14. God bless Joy Reid! I love her show “The Reidout”— she speaks the truth and keeps it real! Keep doing what you do Joy! God’s riches blessings!

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