Jami Floyd

Jami Floyd is a former lawyer and current "Court TV" news anchor and legal analyst. Floyd joined "Court TV" in February 2005. She is currently the anchor of her own daily program, "Jami Floyd: Best Defense" from 11AM-1PM on weekdays. Prior to coming to "Court TV", Floyd worked as an anchor and correspondent at the network from 1996 to 1998, primarily covering major national news stories, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial and the Oklahoma City bombing trials, as well as several landmark cases pertaining the tobacco industry.

Legal career

Jami Floyd received her political science degree from Binghamton University in 1986. She graduated with honors from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She first served as a law clerk for the California Supreme Court before joining the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where she was involved with both the practices of civil and criminal law. Floyd joined the Office of the San Francisco Public Defender, where she continued her work as a trial attorney, in 1993. Floyd holds a B.A. in political science from Binghamton University. Aside from her JD, Floyd also holds a Master of Laws degree from Stanford Law School, where she also served as a teaching fellow. [ [http://www.courttv.com/anchors/jami_floyd.html Court TV anchor biography of Jami Floyd] ]

A supporter of the Democratic Party, Floyd left for Washington, D.C. to serve as a White House fellow, assigned to the office of First Lady Hillary Clinton, toward the end of 1993. She was later assigned to the office of Vice President Al Gore.

Becoming a legal analyst

Following her duties at the White House, Floyd returned to San Francisco and segued into television broadcasting as a legal analyst at KPIX-TV. In 1995, she joined the CBS newsmagazine, "Day & Date", again serving as a legal analyst.

Before returning to "Court TV" in 2005, Floyd was a correspondent for ABC News, contributing to breaking news reports, as well as long-form coverage for newsmagazines and Nightline. She also served as co-anchor on "World News Now" and as an anchor on "Early Morning News". While at the network, she covered stories including the 1998 Capitol Hill shooting and several landmark Supreme Court cases. Floyd also contributed to coverage of the disputed 2000 presidential election, reported from Ground Zero in the days and weeks following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, and filed reports on the anthrax attacks that same year.

From 1999 to 2001, Floyd served in the ABC News Law & Justice Unit. As the news division's legal correspondent, she contributed to ABC News broadcasts, including "Good Morning America", "Nightline", and "World News Tonight" with Peter Jennings.

Awards and nominations

Jami Floyd has twice been awarded both the CINE Golden Eagle Award and the U.S. International Film & Video Festival Gold Camera Award. Among her other awards, Floyd received the PPFA Maggie Award, and the NABJ Salute to Excellence. She has twice been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award, along with receiving both a Edward R. Murrow Award and Unity Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. Floyd won a Gracie for Outstanding Program Host in June 2007 from the American Women in Radio and Television.


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