Jami Floyd

Host, All Things Considered, WNYC News

Jami Floyd is the local host of “All Things Considered,” which airs from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays. You can follow her on Twitter @jamifloyd.

Jami was born and raised in New York City and grew up listening to WNYC. She has been a news junkie ever since childhood, when she delivered newscasts for her grandmother from the dining room table. She went on to serve as editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper, ombudsperson for the college newspaper and DJ for WHRW, the campus radio station at Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.). At Berkeley Law School, she was selected as an associate editor of the prestigious California Law Review, where she also published.

In a journalism career that spans two decades, Jami has worked on everything from breaking news to exclusive interviews to long-form investigations. Her broadcast career began while teaching law at Stanford University, when she was invited to appear on a prime time ABC special, "The Trouble with Lawyers." Following the appearance, she was invited to serve as a legal analyst for KPIX Radio in San Francisco during the OJ Simpson murder trial. Jami then moved to reporting local news for KPIX-TV. In 1995, she joined CBS News in New York and, in 1998, moved over to ABC News. There, she served for nearly a decade in various capacities, including Law & Justice Correspondent, the youngest person to hold the post. In that role, Jami covered a range of issues such as the innocence movement, civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court, the contested 2000 presidential election, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In 2006, she launched her own program at Court TV called “Jami Floyd: Best Defense,” a daily legal and political talk show, which enjoyed a five-year run. Over the years, she has appeared as a commentator on many news outlets including CNN, Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS.

Jami has won numerous awards, including the Gracie, two Tellys, the Maggie and two Cine-Golden Eagle Awards for journalism. In September 2015, she was named a Public Scholar by the New York Council for the Humanities, for a two year term. She particularly enjoys in-depth conversations with newsmakers. Among the most memorable: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, cited by The New York Times for its barrage of "hard-hitting" questions. She still considers her interview with Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers to be her most meaningful, ever.

Jami Floyd appears in the following:

Justice and Journalism Thirty Years After the Central Park Jogger Case

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Decades after the grisly case and wrongful convictions consumed New York City, have the media and law enforcement taken full responsibility?

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The 'Central Park Jogger' Case, 30 Years Later

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What the case shows about race and criminal justice in NYC, then and now.

The Queens Jogger Case Raises Concerns About Links Between Prosecutors and Judges

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Court watchers say a tight-knit culture connecting the DA's Office and the Queens Supreme Court raises questions about impartiality on the bench.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Ellen Reid And Immigrant Songs

Monday, April 15, 2019

New Sounds
This week, hear immigrant songs from T-Bone Burnett and Sinkane, plus Ellen Reid wins the Pulitzer Prize winner for Music, and Aretha Franklin's Special Citation.
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Feds Investigate Allegations of Violence and Corruption in Paterson's Police Department

Friday, April 05, 2019

Reports of police violence and corruption have brought focused the feds' attention on the police department in New Jersey's third largest city.


Passing, Identity and Race

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Over 125 years after an African-American woman named Anita Florence Hemmings passed as white at Vassar College, her story has helped inspire a conference on the topic.

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Jury In the Queens Jogger Case Was Certain Who Did It, But Questions Remain

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

A jury found Chanel Lewis guilty of killing Karina Vetrano on Monday.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Blitz the Ambassador and Tamino

Monday, April 01, 2019

New Sounds
Week of April 1: This week, music from a Ghanaian musician/film maker, a Belgian singer/model, and a California rocker/NPR fan. 
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Banning Unvaccinated Kids from Public Places Could Be Effective, to a Point

Thursday, March 28, 2019

An expert says Rockland County's effort to limit exposure to the measles virus could work, as long as parents are on the fence about vaccination.

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Culture of Sexism and Retaliation Alleged at Rowan University Athletics

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A recent investigation takes a deep look at allegations of gender bias and bullying at Rowan University's athletic department. 


New Jersey's Push to Legalize Marijuana Hits a Roadblock

Monday, March 25, 2019

The future of legal recreational marijuana in New Jersey is in question, after a vote on the issue was postponed. 

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City Plan To Close Rikers Moves Ahead, Faces Pushback

Friday, March 22, 2019

Officials continue to face community opposition to the new jails that will be built in four boroughs.


Legal Roundup: Jury Selection and Juvenile Justice

Friday, March 22, 2019

Roundup of news from the federal courts with ATC's Jami Floyd

Top New Jersey Leaders Start Whipping Up Support for Marijuana Bill

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A bill legalizing weed is set to go before the New Jersey legislature in a week, but it's unclear if there is enough support to pass it.


Mob Boss's Killing Reminds New Yorkers of the Mafia's Lingering Presence

Friday, March 15, 2019

A gangland murder straight out of the movies prompts a closer examination of the modern day Mafia in the New York region.


Admissions Scandal Revives Conversations About Race, Class and College

Friday, March 15, 2019

Some who work with low-income students of color say their clients aren't surprised by the news—and that's worse than seeing them angry.


Should Sex Work Be Decriminalized? Different Queens District Attorney Candidates Have Different Answers

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The topic is being debated among different advocacy groups and is being considered by Albany lawmakers.


Documents Show U.S. Immigration Agents Kept Tabs on New York City Protesters

Friday, March 08, 2019

Emails uncovered by The Nation Magazine show ICE investigators tracked a series of protests and rallies, including one led by a New York Congressman.


Murphy Administration Hiring Practices Again Under Fire After Patronage Accusations at NJ Agency

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Many longtime employees were let go from their jobs at the Schools Development Authority and replaced by friends and family of the agency's governor-appointed CEO.

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Millionaire's Tax, Legalized Marijuana and No NJ Transit Fare Hikes in Gov Murphy's 2020 Budget

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Murphy used his annual budget address to renew calls for higher taxes on people who make more than $1 million a year and showcase more than $1 billion in savings.

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