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
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 www.courttv.com
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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