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 theGrio.com, 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.
It ain’t over, folks! Back for another round of Midterm coverage at the top of the hour! 6pm ET 3 pm for my West Coast massive. A full night of @MSNBC election coverage coming up! pic.twitter.com/bG7OexApjV
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 3, 2018
“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.