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Thu Apr 26, 2018, 01:48 AM Apr 2018

Since we are talking about Joy- She is featured in Elle Magazine's May's Issue


Joy Reid Is Quietly, Steadily, Stealthily Changing the Game for Women on TV

A weekend-morning MSNBC show, lodged firmly in the posthangover, prebrunch hours, wouldn’t ordinarily be the stuff of trending topics. But the rules have changed since November 8, 2016. Now Reid’s show, AM Joy, regularly pulls in viewers, and 2017 marks the first time in 16 years that MSNBC beat out CNN in the Saturday-morning time slot. Twitter swells with real-time reactions from #Reiders, especially when Reid schools a guest in her trademark patient, no-nonsense fashion. (After Shonda Rhimes retweeted a clip of Reid calmly demolishing a guest who was spouting Clinton Foundation conspiracy theories—appending the comment “Just in case you’re wondering how to dismiss foolishness”—Reid confesses, “I died. Oh, I died!”) Given the cacophony of cable news, where the loudest panelist often wins, Reid’s approach has few antecedents on the right or the left, but perhaps that’s why she has so many newly minted fans: In a sensationalist climate, she refuses to let facts wriggle out of her grasp

“Joy’s fearless authenticity is perfect for this moment, when people feel like, ‘Am I crazy? Are things absolutely bonkers right now, or am I losing my mind?’’’ says her fellow MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “To find someone who is as commanding as Joy is, who’s like, ‘No, things are pretty nuts, and here’s why,’ that really resonates.”


Reid never thought she’d be the one in the host’s chair, but her childhood couldn’t have scripted that path more clearly. Growing up in Montbello, Colorado, she was a word vulture, calling dibs on the crossword and front page of the newspaper and plowing her way through a set of bound classic books her mother had bought from a door-to-door salesman. As a latchkey kid with a single mom, she says, “TV was, in some sense, my babysitter.” One night, she begged her mother to allow her to stay up late for a news program. “It was a countdown to the [1979 Iran] hostage crisis and would eventually be renamed Nightline,” Reid recalls. She watched it nightly until she graduated from high school, along with a steady diet of TV news shows. “My goal was to be a guest. I just wanted to be a guest on Chris Matthews’s show, on Meet the Press, and on The McLaughlin Group. I was like, Those will be my three shows. I’ll be sitting there with Freddy ‘the Beadle’ Barnes.”

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