Sunny Hostin

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Sunny Hostin
Asunción Cummings

(1968-10-20) October 20, 1968 (age 50)
EducationBinghamton University (BA)
University of Notre Dame (JD)
  • Lawyer
  • journalist
  • columnist
  • social commentator
Notable credit(s)
American Morning legal analyst (2007–2011)
The View co-host (2016–present)
Political partyDemocratic
Emmanuel Hostin (m. 1998)

Asunción Cummings Hostin[1] (/ˈhɒstɪn/ (October 20, 1968), known professionally as Sunny Hostin, is an American lawyer, columnist, multi-platform progressive journalist, and a social commentator. Hostin is the Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst for ABC News as well as a co-host on ABC's morning talk show The View.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Hostin was born in New Jersey , to a Puerto Rican mother, Rosa Beza, and an African-American father, William Cummings. Her maternal grandfather was of Sephardic Jewish descent. Hostin was raised in the Bronx, New York City, attended the all-girls Dominican Academy, and is fluently bilingual in English and Spanish. She received her B.A. degree in English and Rhetoric[3] from Binghamton University and her J.D. degree from Notre Dame Law School.


Hostin began her career as a law clerk to retired Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals Robert M. Bell. She later became a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. Hostin left the Antitrust Division to become a federal prosecutor, specializing in child sex crimes. Hostin was awarded a Special Achievement Award for her successful prosecution of sex offenders.[4]

She began her television career as a commentator for Court TV and was then offered a spot on the Fox News program The O'Reilly Factor, where she appeared on the show's "Is It Legal?" segments, regularly debating with Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly. CNN President Jon Klein signed her to the network in September 2007 as the legal analyst for its flagship morning show American Morning. In 2014, Hostin began frequently appearing as a guest contributor on the ABC daytime talk show The View.[5] In 2015, Hostin participated in a TEDx Talk titled A Possibility Model that details the effects of an early trauma.[6] In March 2016, it was announced that Hostin was joining ABC News as Senior Legal Correspondent and analyst.[7] She became a permanent co-host of The View beginning the show's twentieth season in September 2016.[8]

In 2018, Hostin spoke of having been a target of racist taunts.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Hostin married orthopedic surgeon Emmanuel Hostin, in August 1998.[11] She lives with her husband and their two children, Gabriel, born on August 15, 2002,[12] and Paloma, born on May 5, 2006,[13][14] in Purchase, New York.[15] She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2017 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Joy Behar, Jedediah Bila, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, and Raven-Symoné)
The View Nominated [16]
2018 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Joy Behar, Jedediah Bila, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, and Meghan McCain)
Nominated [17]


  1. ^ The View (24 May 2016). "Paula Faris Says Kris Jenner Has An "Ulterior Motive" In Plan To Change Name Back To "Kardashian"". Retrieved 27 October 2016 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Sunny Hostin". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Sunny Hostin '90 and Following Your Dreams". Binghamton University. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Sunny Hostin of ABC News and "The View"". 11 April 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  5. ^ Fung, Katherine (28 July 2014). "Whoopi Goldberg Goes On A Righteous Rant About Weed". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 August 2017 – via Huff Post.
  6. ^ "TEDxBinghamtonUniversity | TED".
  7. ^ News, A. B. C. (24 February 2016). "Sunny Hostin Joins ABC News as Senior Legal Correspondent & Analyst". ABC News. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  8. ^ "'The View' Co-Hosts, Co-Executive Producer Talk Staffing Rumors, Lessons Learned". Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  9. ^ "'The View' Panelist Sunny Hostin Says She Was the Target of Racist Taunts During Fourth of July Party". 2018-07-09.
  10. ^ "'The View' Panelist Sunny Hostin Says She Was the Target of Racist Taunts During Fourth of". 2018-07-09.
  11. ^ "What Motivated CNN's Sunny Hostin to Become a Lawyer? Family of Four: Her Husband, Married Life and 2 Children". Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Sunny Hostin Instagram". Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Sunny Hostin Instagram". Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Breaking News: Everyone's Watching Sunny Hostin". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Sunny Hostin opens up about falling in love and married life with husband Emmanuel Hostin". Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  16. ^ Evans, Greg (March 22, 2017). "2017 Daytime Emmy Nominations: CBS Leads Networks With 70 Noms, 'Young & Restless' Tops With 25". Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  17. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (March 21, 2018). "2018 Daytime Emmy nominations: Full list of nominees for 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards". Retrieved March 22, 2018.

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Michelle Collins
Candace Cameron Bure
The View co-host (Seat #2)
Succeeded by
Sara Haines