MSNBC political analyst/host Joy-Ann Reid to speak for the University Lectures on April 3

By Kevin Morrow

March 6, 2018
This is a photo of Joy-Ann Reid

The University Lectures welcomes MSNBC political analyst and the host of “AM Joy” Joy-Ann Reid as a new addition to the 2017-18 series. She will speak on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel.

Previously, aerial robotics expert Vijay Kumar, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, spoke on Feb. 20. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd will appear on April 13, and International WELL Building Institute Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi G’87 rounds out the lineup on April 24.

Reid’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Newhouse School, with media sponsor WAER. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) are available at each lecture.

In addition to her work on MSNBC, including hosting “AM Joy” Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon ET, Reid is a columnist for The Daily Beast and teaches the Newhouse School course Race, Gender and Media at SU’s Fisher Center in Manhattan.

She is also author of “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide” (William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2015) and co-editor with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne of “We are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama” (Bloomsbury, 2016).

Reid is very active on social media with popular Twitter (1.12 million followers), Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Prior to her current responsibilities, Reid was host of “The Reid Report,” a daily program that offered her distinctive analysis and insight on the day’s news. Before that, she was managing editor of, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. Reid joined with experience as a freelance columnist for the Miami Herald and as editor of the political blog “The Reid Report.” She is a former talk radio producer and host for Radio One as well as an online news editor for the NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miramar, Florida.

Reid served as the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 “America Coming Together” initiative during the 2004 presidential campaign and was a press aide in the final stretch of President Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008.

She is a 1991 graduate of Harvard University and a 2003 Knight Foundation fellow.

The University Lectures was created through, and is supported by, the generosity of alumnus Robert B. Menschel ’51. The cross-disciplinary series brings to Syracuse University notable guest speakers of exceptional accomplishment who share their diverse global experiences and perspectives.

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