Vinnie Politan

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Vinnie Politan
Born Vincent Politan
New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Education B.A., Stanford University
J.D., Seton Hall University Masters Journalism CJAU
Occupation television anchor and host Attorney, Television Legal Analyst
Employer Gannett
Known for Legal commentary
Children 3

Vincent Politan is a former attorney and journalist who co-created and hosted After Dark on HLN. He previously anchored "Prime News with Vinnie Politan" on HLN and HLN Special Report. He co-anchors In Session on the cable network truTV.[1] He previously co-anchored Bloom & Politan: Open Court alongside Lisa Bloom, and Both Sides with Kimberly Guilfoyle. Cases covered by Politan include 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.[2] Additionally, Politan hosted the morning radio show Me and Vinnie on Sirius XM radio's Stars Too station.

Politan remained at HLN until 2014[3] when he chose to leave turning down a contract offer from the HLN Network. In August 2014, he joined the morning broadcast of Atlanta's local NBC Affiliate WXIA:"11 Alive" as the lead anchor for the morning weekday news.[4]


Born in NJ in 1975. Politan graduated from West Orange High School [5] in West Orange, New Jersey, and was captain of the school's basketball team.[6] 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, before going into journalism.[7] Following his time as prosecutor, Politan worked in the private legal sector, including at the Carella-Byrne law firm in New Jersey. Politan’s final employment as an attorney was as in-house counsel for the supermarket chain Grand Union.


Politan worked at Channel 10 News in New Jersey as a reporter and anchor, covering general news, legal stories, and moderating political debates. He also produced and hosted a weekly legal program, Bergen County Justice with Vinnie Politan.

Politan worked as an AP reporter and then an anchor for Central Florida News 13 in Orlando. During 2000, Politan covered both Democratic and Republican National Conventions as a correspondent for Time Warner.

After his departure from HLN in July 2014, Politan currently is an Anchor of Atlanta's NBC Affiliate "11 Alive".[8]

Other work[edit]

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 appeared on Broadway for the production of "Twelve Angry Men" and has appeared as a detective on "Law & Order."


  1. ^ TVNewser - Vinnie Politan Returns to TV as host of In Session
  2. ^ court TV becomes truTV
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Vinnie Politan Latest To Leave HLN
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  6. ^ 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."
  7. ^ Interview with Vinnie Politan - Court TV
  8. ^ [2]