About Sunny Hostin
Attorney and journalist Sunny Hostin is a CNN legal analyst and host, regularly appearing on morning show “New Day,” "Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin", "AC360" and "AC360 Later", Hostin joined CNN in September 2007 as the legal analyst for CNN’s “American Morning,” where she became known for her in-depth analysis of headline grabbing trials and legal issues. She created, wrote and co-produced her popular weekly segment, “Sunny’s Law,” which answered viewer questions on various topics including homeowner’s rights when faced with foreclosure, how to survive a police encounter, and who gets the ring after a broken engagement.
As a Department of Justice alum, her deep knowledge of the Justice Department and its inner workings made her an invaluable part of the CNN morning team during and after the historic election of President Barack Obama. Sunny reported on potential cabinet picks including correctly predicting that Eric Holder would be selected as the next Attorney General.
Before joining CNN, Hostin was an ABC News anchor and appeared on the Fox News Channel, where she was seen weekly on the “Is It Legal” segment on “The O'Reilly Factor,” sparring with Megan Kelly and Bill O’Reilly on various provocative issues and high-profile cases.
Sunny Hostin has covered many of the major legal and political stories of today, including the George Zimmerman, Casey Anthony and Conrad Murray trials, Bernie Madoff, Elliot Spitzer, the FLDS polygamy case, the Michael Vick dog fighting ring, OJ Simpson’s civil trial, Brittney Spears’ custody and mental illness battles, the Duke rape scandal, and many more.
She has published numerous popular and scholarly articles in many outlets on topics including securities fraud, ponzi schemes, sex crimes, crimes against women, foreclosures, and everyday financial legal issues. Publications that have profiled, featured and quoted her include Forbes Woman, Uptown Magazine, Essence, The New York Post, WSJ.com, Latina, and Ebony. Sunny Hostin is a highly sought after public speaker known for her lively and engaging speaking style at corporate and academic events. She has spoken and moderated panels for the Investigative Reporting Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, PRLDF and National Bar Association.
As a federal prosecutor, she was awarded with a Special Achievement Award by then Attorney General Janet Reno for her prosecution of child sexual predators and work with child sex abuse. Hostin was also a Managing Director of Business Intelligence and Investigations at Kroll, the world’s leading risk-consulting company. At Kroll, Sunny led groups of investigators all over the world to investigate and uncover fraud.
She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Binghamton University and her law degree from Notre Dame Law School.
A native of New York City, Hostin lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, New York.