Joy Reid Bio, Age, Family, Husband, Kids, MSNBC, Book, Awards, Salary

Joy Reid Biography

Joy-Ann M. Lomena-Reidis an American media personality working for MSNBC as a national correspondent. She hosts The ReidOut, a weeknight show, and also hosts the podcast “Reid This-Reid That” with veteran journalist Jacque Reid and a book podcast called “What to Reid.” .Joy previously worked as a talk radio host.

Joy Reid Age

Joy was born on December 8, 1968, in New York City, New York, US.

Joy Reid Height

She stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches tall.

Joy Reid Education

Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 where she majored in visual and environmental studies with a concentration in film.

Joy Reid Parents

Joy was born in New York but was raised mostly in Denver, Colorado until the age of 17. Her father was from the Democratic Republic of Congo and worked as an engineer. Her mother was a college professor and nutritionist from Guyana. The couple met in graduate school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City but eventually divorced and her father returned to the Congo. Joy’s mother died of breast cancer and she moved to Flatbush, Brooklyn, to live with an aunt.

Joy Reid Siblings

Reid was brought up alongside her sister June Carryl, and brother, Oren Lomena. Carryl is an actress and playwright and received her Bachelor’s Degree in political science and planned on being a lawyer, but transitioned to English Literature in graduate school, She has appeared in movies such as What Dreams May Come, Sweet November, Back Roads, Parenthood, Law & Order: LA, Criminal Minds, The Bold and the Beautiful and Without a Trace. She appeared in the Netflix series Mindhunter and joined the cast of Helstrom as Louise Hastings which is part of the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.

Reid is one of Carryl’s biggest fans, and she often shares encouraging messages about her sister’s accomplishments on social media. She wrote on Facebook in 2019, shortly after season 2 of Mindhunter premiered. “We were talking the other day about how the Atlanta child murders terrified us as kids, even though we were far away in Denver. June captures the bigger story of these families’ loss and frustration brilliantly. So proud!!!”And just days after Helstrom premiered on Hulu, Reid took to Twitter to give her sister a big shout out. “So the hubs and I just finished bingeing @helstrom on @hulu, and it’s SO GOOD!!” Reid tweeted. “And not just because my awesome big sister @junecarryl is a friggin MAIN CHARACTER IN A @MARVEL SHOW!!! Ok that is one reason.”

Joy Reid Husband

Joy is married to Jason Reid a writer and an editor working for Image Lab Films as a partner and senior editor. He previously worked with Discovery Channel as a senior editor focusing on documentaries and also worked as a freelance editor for the NBC Universal division Peacock Productions, the long-form production unit of NBC News, delivering documentaries, news specials, and reality television shows. The duo exchanged their marriage vows on 27th February 1997.

Joy Reid Children

Reid and her husband are proud parents of three children whose names are not revealed.

Joy Reid MSNBC

Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst for MSNBC and host of “The ReidOut,” which is launched on July 20, 2020, and  airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET and also hosts the podcast “Reid This-Reid That” with veteran journalist Jacque Reid and a book podcast called “What to Reid.” From 2011 to 2014 she served as the Managing Editor of, daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences, while also serving as an MSNBC contributor.

From February 2014 to February 2015, Reid hosted her own MSNBC afternoon cable news show, The Reid Report. The show was canceled on February 19, 2015, and she 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 one million weekly viewers.

She previously worked in local and national TV news, talk radio, and as a press secretary during two presidential campaigns, including Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008. Her columns have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, New York Magazine, and The Daily Beast. She also teaches a college course for Syracuse University’s communications school.

Joy Reid Books

Joy is the author of The New York Times bestseller “The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story” published by Harper Collins in 2019 as well as “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide”  published by William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2015 and “We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama” (Bloomsbury, 2016), which she co-edited with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne.

Joy Reid Awards

Reid was a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. In 2018, she was nominated for three NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards. One for her segment where a pastor is pulled to safety at the Charlottesville white nationalist march, for Reid’s reporting on the damage caused by the hurricanes to the US 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. In 2016, she received the Women’s Media Center’s Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award.

Joy Reid Controversies

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. She later apologized. ” 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.”

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. Reid claimed Jewish people spend half a million on their bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. She also wrote that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is a “former flak for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee [sic]” and he “doesn’t even try to hide his affinity for his Israeli guests or his partisanship for their cause”. The Zionist Organization of America called for MSNBC to fire Reid for promoting “sinister anti-Semitic canards”.

Another controversial post, this time from 2007, used a photoshopped image of Senator John McCain superimposed on the body of the 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.”  MSNBC 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.”

On September 1, 2020, edition of her MSNBC show TheReidOut, Reid criticized President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to condemn Kyle Rittenhouse (who had shot three men at a Black Lives Matter protest), arguing that this amounted to what US media would usually describe as “radicalizing people” in the case of “leaders, let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talks and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence including on their own bodies in order to win against whoever they decide is the enemy”. The civil rights organizations Southern Poverty Law Center and Muslim Advocates and Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib (two of the first Muslim women elected to Congress) criticized Reid’s remarks as islamophobic and called for an apology. Others including commentator Jennifer Rubin defended Reid, arguing she had merely highlighted a double standard in the media without endorsing it.

Joy Reid Salary

She earns an annual salary of $1.5 million.

Joy Reid Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $4 million.\

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