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 board."
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-winning talk show The View on ABC.