Even though Joy Reid is one of the top journalists in all of the United States, she hasn’t had the best of time in the last few years. In late 2017, Reid’s blog posts from the early 2000’s came into light. The posts mocked gay people and expressed Reid’s opinion of what she thought. In 2018, the next batch of posts came to light which highlighted the events surrounding 9/11 and political agenda. Reid may be the best selling author and a top journalist, but her early statements have come back to haunt her. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Joy Reid.
Joy-Ann M. Lomena-Reid was born on December 8, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York. Reid shares mixed descent as her father was originally from Congo and her mother came from British Guiana, where she worked as a college professor. One of the three children, Reid did not get to spend much time with her father, who moved to Congo following the divorce.
Reid stayed with her mother and the family moved to Colorado. Reid spent most of her early life with her mother in Denver, until her mother passed away due to breast cancer when Reid was 17-years of age. Reid relocated to stay with her aunt in Flatbush, New York. After graduating high school, Reid enrolled at Harvard University and graduated in 1991 with a degree in film.
After her graduation, Reid worked at a business consulting firm. Her first taste of journalism came in 1997 when Reid left New York, to take up a position at the WSVN Channel 7 morning show. She stayed with the show until 2003 and left journalism to oppose the war in Iraq and President George W. Bush. After a few months, Reid made her comeback as a talk radio host and worked in the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.
From 2006 to 2007, Reid co-hosted the morning radio talk show at WTPS entitled, Wake Up South Florida. In 2011, Reid changed jobs and started working as the managing editor of The Grio. She was also a political columnist for Miami Herald from 2003 to 2015, and also worked as the editor of The Reid Report political blog from 2000-2014. Currently she is involved with her show The ReidOut in MSNBC.
Rise to fame:
In February of 2014, Reid began hosting a show under her name. However, The Reid Report lasted a year and was canceled in February of 2015. Following the cancellation, Reid was moved to the role of MSNBC national correspondent. In June of 2020, it was announced that Reid would be taking over the slot left empty by Hardball with Chris Mathews. This made Reid the first black female primetime anchor of the network.
Troubles from the past:
In late 2017, Reid’s blog posts from 2007 to 2009, started circulating around the internet. The posts came from Reid’s previous website, The Reid Report. The posts used gay tropes to demolish journalists and politicians during the time. Not only were the posts targeted at political figures of the time, but they were also offensive to gay people.
Even though Reid apologized for the posts, the internet was not done with her. In April of 2018, Reid’s post from 2005 to 2007 became viral. The posts encouraged viewers to watch the film Loose Change, while also supporting Iranian hostility to Israel. Following the incident, Reid formally apologized for her blog posts, mentioning,
“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.”
As for her personal life, Reid is happily married to Jason Reid since 1997, who works as a documentary film editor at the Discovery Network. While there is little information on their marriage, it is known that the pair have three lovely kids.
Apart from her hosting profession she has also make her place in the renowned writers. She is the author of many books like ‘The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story’, ‘Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide’, ‘Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Democratic Divide Joy Reid’ and ‘Global Positioning Systems: Emerging Technologies and Commercial Applications Joy Reid’.