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. She is also the Legal Editor in the WNYC Newsroom. 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 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 Law School, when she was invited to appear on a prime time ABC special, "The Trouble with Lawyers." Following that appearance, she served as a legal analyst for KPIX Radio in San Francisco during the OJ Simpson murder trial. Jami then moved from law teaching to reporting for 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. 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 show at Court TV, “Jami Floyd: Best Defense,” a daily legal and political talk show, which enjoyed a five-year run. Over the years, she has appeared as an analyst 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. She was twice nominated for an TV News Emmy, once in 1999 for her coverage of the John Kennedy, Jr., plane crash and again in 2001, for her work at Ground Zero.  In September 2015, she was named a Public Scholar by the New York Council for the Humanities, for a two year term.

In the course of her career, Jami has had the opportunity to travel to 48 states, and countless in-depth conversations with news makers. 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. Jami still considers her interview with Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers to be her most meaningful.

Jami Floyd appears in the following:

Weekly Music Roundup: Reggie Watts, Bonny Light Horseman, and Xenia Rubinos

Monday, November 25, 2019

New Sounds
This week, new songs from the creator of Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell, late night TV show bandleader Reggie Watts, the mercurial Beck. Plus, new music from Xenia Rubinos and Antibalas.
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New York City Created A Task Force To Study How It Uses Algorithms. Will It Make A Difference?

Monday, November 25, 2019

A critic says the de Blasio administration has failed to scrutinize its reliance on automated systems.


New Yorkers Most Affected By Stop and Frisk React to Bloomberg's Apology

Monday, November 18, 2019

On Sunday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed remorse for his administration's use of Stop and Frisk. For years, Bloomberg adamantly defended the police practice.


Newsday Investigation Finds Widespread Housing Discrimination

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Long Island newspaper spent three years studying how real estate agents furthered racial segregation.

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Tommie Smith, John Carlos Inducted Into the Olympic Hall of Fame

Friday, November 15, 2019

The U.S. Olympic committee is changing its attitude toward two legendary sprinters who raised their gloved fists while receiving their medals 51 years ago.  


Real Estate Industry, De Blasio Align Against Commercial Rent Control Proposal

Friday, November 15, 2019

A Brooklyn City Councilmember has introduced a bill for stores that would create a system equivalent to that of the city's residential rent regulation.


Peter King's Problematic Legacy with American Muslims

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Often called a moderate, Congressman Peter King will leave Congress with accusations of demonizing Muslims.



Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Supreme Court weights the end of DACA. 

The True Origins of Gentrification

Friday, November 08, 2019

In his book "Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents," WNYC senior editor Matthew Schuerman traces the roots of the phenomenon re-shaping New York and cities across the country. 


The Docket: When A President Gets Subpoenaed

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Thomas Jefferson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton helped define the limits of the president's power to stay out of court.

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DOC NYC Festival Celebrates Its 10th Year With A Full Docket Of Documentaries

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

A profile of a sex therapist, stories of students who must choose between tuition and food, and a film about Brooklyn's Arab community lead this year's festival.


Correction Officers' Union Donations To Bronx DA Raise Questions Of Independence

Monday, November 04, 2019

The Bronx DA's Office investigates and prosecutes jail guards accused of wrongdoing, but their union is one of Darcel Clark's top donors in her unopposed reelection bid.

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The Docket: Quid Pro Quo In Practice

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

President Trump isn't the first—and probably won't be the last—public official to bump up against shifting definitions of the legal term.


New York Takes Another Step Toward Building the Largest Offshore Wind Farm in the Country

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Phase One of the plan calls for building dozens of 800-foot-tall windmills far out in federal waters.

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The Tale of Two Court Cases: President Trump and Rule of Law

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

In each case, lawyers argued that President Trump's executive privilege exempts him from criminal investigations. 


Gun Control, Abortion, DACA: What to Expect From The Supreme Court 2019-20 Term

Monday, October 07, 2019

It's the first official day of the Supreme Court 2019-20 term: A primer on what to expect. 

Harvard's Affirmative Action & Amber Guyger Sentence

Thursday, October 03, 2019

"Study shows 43% of white students admitted to Harvard University were recruited athletes, legacy students, children of faculty and staff, or whose relatives have donated to Harvard."

The Docket: Ukraine Scandal Could Mean Legal Troubles for Rudy Giuliani

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

After being subpoenaed, the former New York City mayor has hired his own lawyer. 

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The New Challenges Facing New York City's Indie Theater Scene

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Off-Off Broadway has been a home for artists from marginalized communities for decades. But it's struggling as the costs of space rentals soar and other sources of funding decrease.  


Weekly Music Roundup: The Comet Is Coming and Songs of the Bardo

Monday, September 30, 2019

New Sounds
Week of Sept. 30: Two different takes on “spiritual jazz”: one by Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, and Jesse Paris Smith and one by The Comet Is Coming, plus new The New Pornographers.
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