A Possibility Model: Finding Your Path, and Making a Difference
The daughter of a Puerto Rican mom and African American dad, acclaimed journalist Sunny Hostin was raised in the South Bronx in the 1970s, and grew up witnessing violence around her. After she saw a violent crime against her uncle at just 7 years old, Sunny decided she wanted to be someone who sparked social change and provided support for victims. She was the first in her family to become a lawyer. After working as a federal prosecutor, she soon became a journalist who made it her mission to shine light on social justice issues and give voice to the voiceless.
In these candid and empowering remarks, Sunny shares her personal journey and a guiding principle of her life: sometimes what's most important is deciding who you don't want to be. She encourages audiences to follow their own path to discovering possibilities, to pursue their passions, and to make a positive impact.
Case not Closed: Exploring Social Justice and Legal Issues
Three-time Emmy Award-winner and Department of Justice alum Sunny Hostin is celebrated for her in-depth yet approachable analysis of social justice and legal issues. From hosting Investigation Discovery's documentary series, "Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin," to serving as a legal analyst for CNN, to hosting her popular weekly segment, "Sunny’s Law," Sunny has brought clarity, context, and a much-needed human lens to the most important cases and legal questions of the past two decades.
In these substantive and compelling remarks, she dives into the most pressing social justice and legal issues of our time, providing illuminating insight on what they mean for our future. Able to tailor her remarks, and dive into specific issues of organization's choosing whether it be police relations, ongoing court cases, or what's happening in Washington, Sunny's illuminating remarks are as informative as they are engaging.
A vocal advocate for survivors and victims, Sunny Hostin provides empowering remarks surrounding sexual assault and abuse, violence, and the lasting effects of trauma.
As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Hostin was awarded a Special Achievement Award by then Attorney General Janet Reno for her prosecution of child sexual predators and work with child sex abuse. Tremendously impacted by her experiences, Hostin now serves on the board of Safe Horizons, the largest non-profit victims assistance organization that provides social services for victims of abuse and violent crimes.
In these powerful and moving remarks, Hostin speaks out in support of victims, and sheds light on all of the positive work being done to help individuals and communities heal.
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Speaker Spotlight: Sunny Hostin
An attorney and renowned multi-platform journalist SUNNY HOSTIN is currently co-host of ABC’s The View and host of Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin, which tells the real story behind crimes that affected the communities we live in. As a Department of Justice alum, Hostin has covered many of the major legal and political stories of the last two decades, including the George Zimmerman trial, 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 much more. The daughter of a Puerto Rican mom and African American dad, Hostin was raised in the South Bronx in the 1970s, and grew up witnessing violence around her. After she saw a violent crime against her uncle at just 7 years-old, she decided she wanted to be someone who sparked social change and provided support for victims. In her TEDTalk "A Possibility Model," Hostin shares her personal journey, and the value in discovering who you do not want to be. A powerful speaker, her rave reviews include: "This year's event was clearly the best and Sunny's contribution to it was KEY.Her style and depth of substance is second to none. We were all blessed by her words of encouragement, resiliency, and inspiration." (University of Maryland); "Sunny was FANTASTIC! She was so personable, funny and engaging. The feedback received from our top executives was phenomenal." (Barclaycard US).
Sunny Hostin champions giving back
Attorney and multi-platform journalist SUNNY HOSTIN is celebrated for giving voice to the voiceless, and for her passionate, in-depth analysis of social justice and legal issues. Currently a co-host of ABC’s The View, Sunny began her career as an appellate law clerk and went on to become a trial attorney for the Justice Department and a federal prosecutor. The daughter of a Puerto Rican mom and African American dad, Sunny was raised in the South Bronx in the 1970s, and grew up witnessing violence around her. After she saw a violent crime against her uncle at just 7 years-old, Sunny decided she wanted to be someone who sparked social change and provided support for victims. She became the first in her family to attend college, and as a federal prosecutor, 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. .A gifted storyteller and passionate believer in giving back to her community, Sunny is involved in a number of charities, and has used her voice at numerous charitable events including for the Bronx Children’s Museum, Safe Horizons, which supports domestic-violence victims, and the BrightFocus Foundation, which supports research and provides public education on brain and eye diseases.
Three-time Emmy Award-winner Sunny Hostin has been a co-host of ABC Daytime’s morning show The View since 2016. Most recently, Hostin hosted and executive produced a six-episode Investigation Discovery documentary series, Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin, exploring the stories behind some of the nation’s most notorious homicides. Hostin executive produced the short film “Gets Good Light,” which was selected to premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Her debut novel, “Summer on the Bluffs,” will be released by William Morrow – an imprint of HarperCollins – on June 16th, 2020, and her memoir, “I Am These Truths,” will be published by HarperOne in September 2020.
Previously, Hostin was a legal analyst and host for CNN, regularly appearing on morning show New Day, Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, AC360, AC360 Later, and American Morning, where she became known for her in depth analysis of social justice and legal issues. She has brought clarity and context to some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including the Bernie Madoff scandal, the George Zimmerman trial, the unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, the AME church shooting in Charleston, and the Bill Cosby rape allegations. She won two Emmys for her work as a correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America and one for her work as a correspondent for the ABC News Special, The President and the People.
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. Hostin reported on potential cabinet picks, including correctly predicting that Eric Holder would be selected as the next Attorney General. Hostin also 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.
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.
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, but are not limited to, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Essence, Newsweek, Latina, and Ebony.
Hostin is a highly sought-after public speaker known for her lively and engaging speaking style at corporate and academic events. She delivered a TEDx Talk titled “A Possibility Model,” and has spoken at 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. In 2019, Hostin served as a witness at the Federal Judiciary’s Congressional Hearing for the Public’s Right of Access to the Courts, presenting the adverse effect that absence of cameras in the Supreme Court has on African Americans in the United States.
Throughout her career, Hostin has been a passionate advocate for marginalized communities, and dedicates herself to a number of philanthropic endeavors. She serves on the board of Safe Horizon, the largest non-profit victims assistance organization that provides social services for victims of abuse and violent crimes. Hostin advocated for the passage of the Child Victims Acts, which went into effect in January 2019, easing the statutes of limitations and giving victims more time to file lawsuits. She also serves on the board of the Bronx Children’s Museum, the borough’s only cultural and educational institution designed to inspire children and their families, serving approximately 18,000 residents annually.
Originally from the South Bronx, Hostin received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Binghamton University, and later began her career as an appellate law clerk after graduating from Notre Dame Law School. She went on to become a trial attorney for the Justice Department and a federal prosecutor. During her time as Assistant U.S. Attorney, Hostin was awarded the Special Achievement Award by Attorney General Janet Reno for her prosecution of child sexual predators. She was also a Managing Director of Business Intelligence and Investigations at Kroll, the world’s leading risk-consulting company. At Kroll, Hostin led groups of investigators all over the world to investigate and uncover fraud.
A native of New York City, Hostin currently resides in Westchester with her husband and two children.