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 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:

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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"School Colors": The Struggle for Equality in New York City's Schools Runs Deep

Friday, September 27, 2019

The new podcast "School Colors" traces the history of race inequality and schools in Central Brooklyn.


Former Stuyvesant High School Students Recall Their Experiences During 9/11

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A new documentary tells the stories of the teenagers who were just blocks away from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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Gillibrand Ends Presidential Run

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday that she was dropping out of the race for president. 


Why America Still Needs a Women's Campaign School in 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

1992 was billed the Year of the Women, but what have women achieved since then in terms of parity in government representation?

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Limitations on Statutes of Limitations

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Historically there have been very strict statutes of limitations on cases of rape and sexual assault... but that's changing.


The Case of Eric Garner Is a Milestone in Black History

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Daniel Pantaleo, the officer whose impermissible chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner, was fired by New York City's police commissioner. What does this mean for black history?

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After Pantaleo Firing, Much Remains Unresolved

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Firing the principal officer involved in Eric Garner's death was not the end of the chapter.


Weekly Music Roundup: The Hold Steady, Ala.Ni, Ikebe Shakedown

Monday, August 19, 2019

Week of Aug. 19: This week, The Hold Steady channels Led Zeppelin; the singer Ala.Ni celebrates our differences; and another lost album by John Coltrane is found.
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In '1619' Project, the Times Puts Slavery Front and Center of the American Experience

Friday, August 16, 2019

For the largest editorial initiative in the newspaper's history, the country was born the day the first slave ship came in.

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Fifty Years Ago, 'Black Woodstock' Happened Weekly in Harlem

Thursday, August 15, 2019

In 1969, some of music's most iconic artists played free summer concerts in Mount Morris Park. Unlike the festival to the north, it's been largely overlooked. So let's rediscover it.

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New York City Council Member from El Paso Shaken by Mass Shooting

Monday, August 05, 2019

Councilman Carlos Menchaca was born and raised in the border city and still has family there.

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Weekly Music Roundup: HAIM, Dizraeli, and Penguin Café

Monday, August 05, 2019

New Sounds
Week of Aug. 5: This week, HAIM celebrates summer, songs about penguins by Penguin Café, the decidedly NOT-punk IDLES, and a band whose name means 'remove worry.'
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Changing the Rules of New York City: A Guide to the 2019 Charter Review

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A slew of proposals could dramatically change the way the city operates. Let's dig in. 

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HUD Administrator Skeptical of HUD's Immigrant Rule

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lynne Patton says keeping undocumented immigrants out of New York City public housing is 'not my personal priority.'

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Weekly Music Roundup: Wilco, Resavoir, and Beyoncé

Monday, July 22, 2019

New Sounds
Week of July 22: This week, sounds from West Africa, and Chicago, courtesy of Beyoncé, Wilco, and more, and music from Senegal by Shaheed & Dixa, Featuring Marieme.
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