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Joy Reid: Interesting Things About the Political Host

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Joy-Ann M. Lomena-Reid is known professionally as Joy Reid. She is a cable television host, MSNBC national correspondent, and a political commentator. She is the first Black woman to anchor a cable primetime news show.

Her show comes on every weeknight at 7 p.m. in the time slot previously held by Hardball host Chris Matthews for 23 years. He resigned abruptly in March 2020 after he allegedly made inappropriate comments to women commentators. It is ironic that a woman commentator is the one who was able to get that coveted time slot.

Joy's Journey

The 51-year-old Denver native launched her new show, The ReidOut, on Monday, July 20, 2020. The primetime show is the perfect opportunity for Joy to report news that demonstrates her knowledge of politics. She interviews politicians and newsmakers in lively one-on-one conversations.

Reid began working for MSNBC as a contributor in 201. She was given her own daily talk show, The Reid Report, in 2014. That show was canceled after a year, but Joy was able to stay at MSNBC as a correspondent. The Harvard graduate was given her own weekend talk show, AM Joy, that she hosted from May 2016 until July 2020. Her nearly one million weekly viewers refer to themselves on social media as #reiders. AM Joy's time slot has still not been filled by another permanent host. The show has been covered by various guest hosts and still bears her name.

Joy mentions fellow Black female journalists Gwen Ifill, Deborah Roberts, and Carole Simpson as her heroines.


Joy Reid: The Teacher

Joy is versatile in many ways. She teaches “Race, Gender & The Media” at Syracuse University’s Communications School. She gets to share what she learned when she concentrated on film at Harvard University.

Joy Reid: The Writer

Joy has published several political books. Her latest book, The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story, is about President Donald Trump's administration.

Joy wrote Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide. She said, "I wrote the book for non-political junkies and infused it with a lot of references to the culture."

Joy Reid's Different Hairstyles The Way They Used To Be

Joy Reid's Different Hairstyles The Way They Used To Be

Joy's Hair

Joy presents the news in a way that is true to her identity and becoming to her as a wife, mother, daughter of immigrants, and as a Black woman. Therefore, her hairstyles represent all of those roles.

Those who watch The ReidOut have noticed that Joy deliberately makes a statement with her hair every time she appears on the air. She says she wants to be authentic. The Harvard graduate wears a variety of Afro-centric hairstyles, from braids to faux locks to an afro. In her early days of broadcasting, she used to wear her hair much differently from the way she wears it now.

She started changing her hairstyle after returning from a vacation in South Africa for her birthday in 2018. While she was there, she wore her hair in braids. She kept the braids after she returned to work. Her Black friends Tamron Hall and Jacque Reid supported her. Her new look did not go unnoticed by colleagues and viewers.

Joy Reid's Hairstyles The Way They Are Now

Joy Reid's Hairstyles The Way They Are Now

Reid related that she feels protected now that the Crown Act passed in New York that ended race-based hair discrimination. Before the Crown Act was passed, Joy said it was risky for a Black woman to wear her hair the way she does now.

Wearing braids and natural hair on television is not just liberating for Reid. She said she made that important decision to empower other Black women.

Joy says she relates to a lot of Black women who watch her show. Even little Black kids girls walk up to her and compliment her on her different hairstyles.

Joy's Honors and Awards

During Joy's career, she has received honors and awards for her work. Reid was a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow.

In 2016, she received the Women's Media Center's Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award.

In 2018, Reid was nominated for three NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards.

Joy Reid's salary is reported to be $1.5 million annually. Her net worth is reported to be $4 million.

Criticisms and Controversaries

In 2018, Joy was accused of homophobia after old posts were discovered on her blog, The Reid Report. The Republican Governor of Florida Charlie Crist was accused of marrying a woman just to cover hide his true lifestyle.

The FBI launched an investigation into potential criminal activity after Reid explained that her site had been hacked. She apologized even though she denied having written those things that were offensive to many readers.

Joy's Personal Life

Joy-Ann Lomena was born on December 8, 1968, in Brooklyn, New York to a mother from Guyana and a father from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her mother was a college professor and nutritionist and her father was a geologist. The family consisting of two daughters and one son was raised Methodist. After Joy's parents divorced, her father returned to the Congo. Then her mother became a single parent raising the children, mostly in Denver, Colorado, until she died of breast cancer when Joy was just 17 years old. Joy moved to live with an aunt in Brooklyn, New York.

In 1991, Joy graduated from Harvard University with a degree in visual arts with a concentration in film.


Reid is married to Jason Reid, a former documentary film editor for the Discovery Channel. Jason was attending the School of Visual Arts while studying for a degree in film and video production when he and Joy met in 1991. Joy and Jason Reid have been married since February 27, 1997.

The Reids are proud parents of three children. Their daughter, Winsome, was born on April 29, 1995, two years before her parents tied the knot. Joy gave birth to their second child, a son named Jmar, on June 15, 1997, just four months after marriage. Joy and Jason welcomed their youngest son, Miles, on October 22, 1999. He is embarking upon an acting career. He has already appeared in some plays, films, and musicals. The Reids live in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Jason is a film editor and co-founder of ImageLab Media Group along with Joy. They launched their company in January 2005 that handles documentaries, feature films, and many other related projects.

Jason Reid is often mistaken for a producer with the same name, Jason Ried. Their last names are spelled differently.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 26, 2020:

Jo, thanks so much for reading and commenting on my article about Joy Reid. My sister told me about her and I have been watching her since she got her weeknight show on MSNBC. I must say she looks so much different with her recent hairstyles. That's why I spent a considerable amount of time designing the two collages showing her before and after pictures.

I also wrote an article about Rachel Maddow and Don Lemon. Check them out when you get a chance.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on October 26, 2020:

Thanks for all of this information. I've been watching Joy for some time and rooting for her success. I don't think she quite measures up to Gwen Ifill, but her new show seems to be doing well. I'd like to see her become more like Ifill, maybe calm down a bit. I wish her well.

And I like the hair style she has settled on for the new show. I have been a little put off by her constant hairstyle changes.