Star Jones Reynolds Joins Court TV as Executive Editor and Host of New Daytime Talk Show

Mar 07, 2007, 00:00 ET from Court TV

    NEW YORK, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Television personality and former
 district attorney Star Jones Reynolds, who began her television career at
 Court TV in 1991 as a legal commentator, has joined Court TV as executive
 editor and host of a new daytime talk show.
     Marlene Dann, executive vice president of Court TV, announced that
 Reynolds will host a one-hour, live, daily show. The program will offer a
 fresh perspective to the day's most talked-about crime and justice stories
 from the news and pop culture arenas. The national program, which is yet to
 be named, is scheduled to premiere later this year.
     "Star Jones Reynolds is an extraordinary TV talent," said Dann. "Her
 personality, experience as a successful prosecuting attorney and her
 ability as a talk show host make her a perfect choice for this new program.
 We are confident that her exceptional ability to both inform and entertain
 will make her a great addition to the Court TV family."
     "The public is fascinated by the intersection of the legal world and
 the pop-culture world, and we hope to tap into that fascination as part of
 our overall strategy to broaden the appeal of the network's daytime
 line-up," added Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks.
 "Star Jones Reynolds provides an ideal blend of legal brilliance and
 pop-culture savvy to help us achieve that goal. We are proud to have her on
     Using her skills as a talk show host and an officer of the court,
 Reynolds will probe the most compelling angles and daily headlines. She
 will interview some of the most influential newsmakers involved in
 high-profile cases while offering a multi-dimensional look at each story.
 Reynolds will empower viewers by asking the questions everyone wants to ask
 and get the answers everyone wants to know.
     "I am very excited to join the Court TV and Turner Broadcasting
 family," said Reynolds. "My goal is to inform, empower, educate and
 entertain viewers.
     And Court TV is the perfect place to accomplish that mission."
     Star Jones Reynolds earned her law degree from the University of
 Houston. After three years in general trials with the Brooklyn District
 Attorney's office, she moved to the Homicide Bureau, where her work earned
 her a promotion to senior assistant district attorney in 1991, paving the
 way for 31 out of 33 felony trial convictions. It was at this time that she
 caught the attention of Court TV and was chosen to serve as a studio
 commentator during the William Kennedy Smith rape trial.
     Reynolds was quickly lined up as a guest on NBC's Today and, a few
 months later, became the legal correspondent for Today and NBC Nightly
 News, covering the latest developments in the Mike Tyson rape case and the
 Rodney King police brutality trial. She landed an exclusive interview with
 Tyson after the imprisoned ex-heavyweight champion had dodged the press for
 a year and an exclusive interview with King after the sentencing of the two
 L.A. cops convicted of violating his civil rights. That success led to her
 syndicated show, Jones & Jury.
     In 1995, Reynolds was named a senior correspondent and chief legal
 analyst for Inside Edition and assigned the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil
 trials. She was the only news correspondent to obtain an exclusive
 interview with Simpson during the civil trial. From August 1997 to June
 2006, she co-hosted the Emmy(R)-winning talk show The View on ABC.
     Court TV(R), a Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. company, provides a
 window on the American system of justice through distinctive programming
 that both informs and entertains. Seen in nearly 88 million U.S. homes,
 Court TV Networks is comprised of Court TV News(TM), which provides live
 trial coverage in daytime; Court TV: Seriously Entertaining(TM) in prime
 time, featuring investigative drama, expert reality and compelling
 non-fiction series; and Court TV Extra(TM), a subscription Web-based
 service offering viewers an interactive opportunity to watch multiple live
 trials on the Internet, while accessing the tremendous resources of Court
 TV Online(TM). The Court TV Web sites can be accessed via
     Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major
 producer of news and entertainment product around the world and a leading
 provider of programming for the television industry.
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