Jami Floyd

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Jami Floyd
Born Jami Floyd
(1964-09-10) September 10, 1964 (age 50)
New York City
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater
Years active 1993 – present
Known for Television series:
Jami Floyd: The Best Defense
Home town New York City
Spouse(s) Kurt Flehinger
Children 2

Jami Floyd is an American[1] attorney, journalist, network news anchor, legal and political analyst,[2] former White House Fellow,[3][4] and former host of TED Talks in NYC on NYC Life.[5] She is currently a Legal Contributor at Al Jazeera America and a legal analyst and guest host at WNYC Radio.


While at Binghamton University as an undergraduate, Floyd worked as disc jockey at WHRW.[6] Floyd graduated in 1986 with a B.A. in political science and a concentration in Journalism.[7] She attended and graduated with honours[8] from the UC Berkeley School of Law, University of California, Berkeley,[9] where she had been an associate editor of the law review.[6] She received a Master of Laws degree in 1989 from Stanford Law School, Stanford University,[3][10] where she also worked as a teaching fellow and law professor.[10][11][12]



Floyd began working as an attorney in the California Supreme Court as a law clerk to Honorable Associate Justice Allen E. Broussard.[13]

She began practice in civil and criminal law when she entered the law firm Morrison & Foerster.[13] She left the firm in 1993 to join the San Francisco Public Defender office, where she worked as a trial attorney.

Washington, DC[edit]

Later that year, Floyd was selected as a White House Fellow and moved to Washington, DC. She was assigned first to the office of First Lady Hillary Clinton, and later to the staff of Vice President Al Gore where she assisted in research for the Capitol Hill health lobby.[3]


Floyd's first television broadcasting job was as reporter and legal analyst for KPIX-TV in San Francisco. In 1995, she moved to New York, joining CBS News magazine, Day & Date, as a legal analyst. She also served as a radio analyst for WNYC.[14] She was deeply involved in covering the murder case of O. J. Simpson and analysis of the nationwide response to his acquittal.[12][15]

In February 2005, Floyd joined Court TV (now truTV)[16][17] In January 2006, Court TV gave Floyd her own series, Jami Floyd: Best Defense.[18] From 2006 through 2009, Floyd offered her legal analysis and spin on topical issues, as well as coverage of major trials.[9]

Floyd has worked Court TV as news correspondent and news anchor;[19] and at ABC News,[20] where she reported for World News Tonight alongside Peter Jennings. She has contributed her legal knowledge to segments of Good Morning America and Nightline, and has co-anchored both World News Now and Early Morning News. She led the consumer reports unit for 20/20.[21][22]


Appearing as herself, Floyd has appeared on or hosted:


In May 2012, Floyd published a piece for Marie Claire, a women's magazine, responding to Samantha Brick's essay, "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful."[23]


Floyd has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award and has won a Gracie Award, a Telly Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award.[21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

I share something in common with Halle Berry. Like Halle, I had to choose my racial identity based on how others saw me. Like Halle, I have a white mother and a black father. Like Halle, my skin is brown in a country that, until the 1990s, recognized only 'Black, White, Other'.

—Jami Floyd, quoted in Glamour[4]

Floyd was born September 10, 1964,[28] and raised in New York City.[4][29] Her father formerly worked as a chief architect for restaurateur Warner LeRoy and was also keen in arts and decorating.[30] Floyd says that she is an "African American", having been born to a black father and a white mother.[1][31] Her family lived in Mitchell-Lama housing on the Lower East Side.[30]

Floyd married Kurt Flehinger, and they have two children together.[30][32] In August 2005 Floyd purchased an apartment in New York's Upper West Side, where the family has since resided.[30]


  1. ^ a b Floyd, Jami (February 10, 2011). "Why One Drop Matters". WNYC. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Real Times Media (2009). Who's who in Black New York City. Who's Who Publishing Company. p. 188. 
  3. ^ a b c "Largest Number of Blacks Ever Now Serve in Washington DC as White House Fellows". Jet 84 (2): 25. November 8, 1993. ISSN 0021-5996. 
  4. ^ a b c Chideya, Farai (February 4, 2008). "Your Race, Your Looks". Glamour. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "TED TALKS IN NYC –FEATURING WORLD-RENOWNED TALKS FROM TED.COM – PREMIERES ON NYC LIFE". .nyc.gov. March 15, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Blando-George, Natalie (Winter 2005). "Jami Floyd '86". Binghamton Alumni Journal 13 (2). 
  7. ^ staff. "Jami Floyd '86". Binghamton University. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Previous Competition Winners, 1988 – Winner – Jami Floyd". UC Berkeley School of Law. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b staff (September 18, 2011). "Nationally-Renowned Journalist Jami Floyd Joins The Global Game as Managing editor". The Global Game. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable, Volume 126, Issues 43-53. Cahners Publishing Company. 1996. p. 46. 
  11. ^ "Jami Floyd, Broadcast Journalist". Center for Communications. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b The O.J. Simpson murder trial: trial of the century, Volume 3. Northwestern University. 1996. p. 98. 
  13. ^ a b Floyd, Jami. "The Other Box: Intersectionality and the O.J. Simpson Trial (1995)". Hastings Women's Law Journal. HeinOnline. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ Allison Cerra; Christina James (2011). Identity Shift: Where Identity Meets Technology in the Networked-Community Age. John Wiley & Sons. p. 216. ISBN 9781118228982. 
  15. ^ Who's who in Black New York City. Who's Who Publishing. 2009. p. 188. 
  16. ^ Robbins, Liz (January 27, 2009). "The Blagojevich TV Tour, Day Two". The New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  17. ^ Ariens, Chris (November 25, 2009). "Even Anchors Are Traveling Today: Jami Floyd Filling in on MSNBC". TV Newser. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  18. ^ Becker, Anne (January 17, 2006). "Court Tweaks Schedule, Adds Show". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  19. ^ Details 24. Details Publishing. 2006. 
  20. ^ The American Scholar. 2004. p. 185. 
  21. ^ a b "Jami Floyd". PBS. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  22. ^ Michael Eric Dyson (2006). Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?. Basic Books. p. 262. ISBN 9780465017201. 
  23. ^ Floyd, Jami (May 22, 2012). "Do Women Hate Attractive Women?". Marie Claire. Retrieved January 27, 2012. Viral sensation Samantha "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful" Brick launched a global debate about how women feel about one another's looks. Cultural commentator Jami Floyd explores an unexpected phenomenon. 
  24. ^ a b c staff (January 6, 2006). "Jami Floyd, ABC News Correspondent". ABC News. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  25. ^ "CINE GOLDEN EAGLE FILM & VIDEO COMPETITION, 2002 WINNERS DIRECTORY" (PDF document). CINE. p. 11. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  26. ^ staff (June 20, 2007). "Gracie Allen Award Winners: Dozier, O’Brien, Floyd, Haddad, Gajilan…". TVNewser. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  27. ^ Brand, Steve. "Newsmagazine Highlights Reel". Vimeo. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  28. ^ Floyd, Jami (January 14, 2011). "The Ties that Bind". WNYC. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  29. ^ Floyd, Jami. "Jami Floyd personal bio". 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  30. ^ a b c d Calderone, Michael (August 1, 2005). "Mellon Townhouse Hits Market for $26.5 M.; Court TV’s Jami Floyd Moves On Up to West Side for $1.3 M.". The New York Observer. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  31. ^ Suzane Denise Johnson Cook (1995). Sister to sister: devotions for and from African American women 1. Judson Press. ISBN 9780817012212. 
  32. ^ Gardner, Ralph. "Alpha Women, Beta Men". New York. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 

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