Vincent Politan is a former attorney and journalist who co-created and hosts the hit program After Dark on HLN. He previously anchored "Prime News with Vinnie Politan" on HLN and HLN Special Report, and, as of November 16, 2009, co-anchors In Session on the cable network truTV. This is Politan's second tour of duty on the network. He previously co-anchored the daily trial coverage program Bloom & Politan: Open Court alongside Lisa Bloom, and Both Sides with Kimberly Guilfoyle. Cases covered by Politan include such as Jodi Arias, Trayvon Martin,Casey Anthony, Dr. Conrad Murray, the murder trial of Michael Skakel, Michael Jackson, the Sean "Puffy" Combs case, the Zacarias Moussaoui trial, the Scott Peterson murder trial, and the Kobe Bryant rape case since joining Court TV in January 2001. Politan has also made recent headlines for his coverage of the Casey Anthony trial in the summer of 2011.
Additionally, Politan used to host the popular morning radio program Me and Vinnie on Sirius XM radio's Stars Too station, broadcasting on Sirius 108 and XM 139, weekdays from 6am to 9am and repeating 9am to noon. This morning radio show featured Vinnie's experience as a lawyer, journalist and stand up comedian. Vinnie left the wildly popular program after signing with CNN/Turner to host 2 daily TV shows.
Vinnie also has experience as an actor. He appeared on Broadway for a production of Twelve Angry Men. He also has done work as a detective on Law & Order.
Politan graduated in 1993 from West Orange High School  in West Orange, New Jersey, and was captain of the school's basketball team. He attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, receiving an AB in Communication before attending Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. Politan, the brother of a corporate attorney and son of federal judge Nicholas H. Politan, was a prosecutor in Bergen County, New Jersey, prior to becoming a journalist. Following his time as prosecutor, Politan went on to serve in several positions in the private legal sector, including a post at the Carella-Byrne law firm in New Jersey. There he served as a litigator, often being placed in charge of labor disputes, intellectual property cases, and criminal defense cases, along with malpractice claims at the world's largest insurance company, AIG. Politan’s final employment as an attorney was as in-house counsel for Grand Union, a large national supermarket chain.
Becoming a journalist
Politan served Channel 10 News in New Jersey as a Memorial Journalism Award-winning reporter and anchor. Among his duties were handling general news, covering legal stories, and moderating political debates. He also produced and hosted a weekly legal program, Bergen County Justice with Vinnie Politan.
Prior to joining Court TV, Politan worked as an AP Award-winning reporter and anchor for Central Florida News 13 in Orlando. While there, he was responsible for covering live, local breaking news. During 2000, Politan covered both Democratic and Republican National Conventions as a correspondent for Time Warner.
Vinnie's interview style has gained much acclaim from industry insiders.
Other vocational ventures
Politan has also worked in the fields of both music and sports. In 1989, he co-founded the Metropolitan Recording Corporation, serving as A&R Director, a job which gave him the responsibility of finding and producing new artists. He proceeded to co-founded the Ultimate Sports Association basketball leagues, which are now a part of Hoop Heaven. He has a great jump shot and is a solid defender and is tough on the offensive boards.
- TVNewser - Vinnie Politan Returns to TV as host of In Session
- court TV becomes truTV
- Q and A with Vinnie Politan, November 20, 2006, accessed April 12, 2007. "It'll be tough to deal with him, even if I was the two-time captain of the West Orange Cowboys' Group 2 Section 2 State Championship basketball team."
- Interview with Vinnie Politan - Court TV