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She is credited by reputable United States media outlets as playing a significant role in helping Americans navigate the Donald Trump presidency by holding him and his administration accountable through her incisive reporting and analyses. The New York Times referred to her as the ‘heroine’ of the anti-Trump resistance. The Hollywood Reporter noted her “ability to break down complex issues in a way that makes them digestible and accessible.”
Joy made history last year July when she was hired by MSNBC cable news to host her own show “The Reid Out.” She is the first and currently the only Black woman leading a U.S prime-time cable news show. She is also MSNBC first Black prime-time anchor. She previously hosted a weekend talk show “AM Joy” from 2016 on MSNBC until her move to the prime-time slot in July 2020. MSNBC is considered a progressive network.
Joy, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, is of Guyana and African parentage. Her mother is Guyanese, and her father is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her parents later divorced, and she was raised by her mother. In sharing her life stories, she credits her mother with playing a major role in her life.
She told the online magazine “The Grio” which she was associated that the absence of her father taught her some valuable lessons which helped mould her into the woman she is today. She said, “In a way, I’m not really sorry that I didn’t grow up with a father because I feel like a much more self-sufficient person. We definitely didn’t learn dependency on a man or dependency on anyone; we had the experience of growing up in a household with a strong, independent woman that was in charge of our lives.”
Joy is married and a mother of three, raising her children with a husband, Jason. And whilst she noted that her children had the opposite experience to her and it is great to have a father in their lives, she pointed point out that it is also a great experience for her children to have “a mother who grew up without a father and who knows what it means to be an individual.”
She is a graduate of Harvard University, earning a bachelor’s degree in film (1991) and was in 2003 a Knight Center for Specialised Journalism fellow. Joy is the recipient of many nominations and awards, one of which was the Women’s Media Center’s Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award (2016)
Additional to Joy having her own cable show, “The Reid Out” she is an author of several books, a political analyst, journalist, and regular political commentator on both television and in publications. In 2018 she was inducted into the “Wall of Fame” of the Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS).