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Jami Floyd


Jami Floyd is a lawyer, an award-winning journalist and a nationally renowned news anchor. She has worked at Court TV as both a correspondent and anchor; and at ABC News, where she reported for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” contributed to “Good Morning America” and “Nightline,” co-anchored “World News Now” (with Anderson Cooper) and the “Early Morning News,” and led the consumer unit at “20/20.” In addition to many prominent court cases, she has covered police and judicial corruption in Los Angeles, the Abner Louima and Amadou Diallo cases in New York, and countless landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases. She also pioneered national coverage of the use of DNA by the Innocence Project to reverse wrongful convictions and was with the first team of ABC News reporters dispatched on Sept. 11, 2001. She has widely reported on civil rights and discrimination, and secured interviews with a long list of prominent newsmakers. Jami has been twice nominated for an Emmy and has won several awards, including a Gracie Award for Outstanding Host of a Television News Program, a Telly award for Outstanding Co-Anchor, and the NABJ Salute to Excellence award. She frequently guest hosts on WNYC radio in New York.


On this Civil War anniversary, one family’s journey toward America’s future

Descended from both slaves and slaveholders, Jami Floyd reflects on her family’s history in the 150 years since the Civil War began and asks: Why is it still so hard to talk about race?


Clarence Thomas and the right to remain silent

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t asked a question from the bench in five years. But it’s not the silence of his voice we should focus on, writes Jami Floyd, but the silence of his pen.


If the defense fits: Don’t toss out the insanity defense yet for Loughner

Don’t toss out the insanity defense yet in the case against Jared Loughner, writes legal analyst Jami Floyd. His lawyer has a history of using it well.


Will a ‘million’ moderates on the Mall restore anyone’s sanity?

Jami Floyd wonders whether Jon Stewart’s rally in Washington D.C. will really make a difference.


Red court, blue court, old court, new court

Old court, new court. A new session of the Supreme Court opened yesterday with a new justice. But some things haven’t changed.


Congratulations, Kagan. Now what?

What difference does it make if a justice is male or female, black or white, or gay or straight, for that matter?

For Kagan, don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t need to know

Here is what you absolutely do not “Need to Know” about Elena Kagan: whether or not she is gay. Yet everyone, it seems, is talking about just that in the run-up to next month’s confirmation hearings.