Sunny Hostin

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  • 3x Emmy Award-Winning Legal Journalist
  • Co-Host, ABC's 'The View'
  • Host, Investigation Discovery's 'Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin'
  • New York Times Bestselling Author, 'Summer on the Bluffs', 'Summer on Sag Harbor', and 'I Am These Truths'

Sunny Hostin is a three-time Emmy Award-winning legal journalist, two-time New York Times bestselling author, and co-host of The View. She is a sought-after keynote speaker who earns rave reviews for her events. Hostin’s debut novel Summer on the Bluffs, first in her "Summer" trilogy, skyrocketed to #11 on the New York Times Bestseller List and is being adapted as the first major project for Sunny Hostin Productions alongside Octavia Spencer's Orit Entertainment. She recently released the second book in her acclaimed ‘Summer’ series, Summer on Sag Harbor. In the fall of 2020, Hostin released her memoir, I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds, with HarperOne. 

Hostin has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Woman, Essence, The CUT, Latina, and Ebony, amongst others. A sought-after public speaker, she has spoken at and moderated panels for the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, the National Bar Association, and more. Hostin served as a witness at the Federal Judiciary’s Congressional Hearing for the Public’s Right of Access to the Courts, and was she was part of the groundbreaking ABC primetime newscast, “Soul of a Nation,” the first broadcast network newsmagazine aiming to put Black life in America front and center. An inescapable voice from the top echelons of news and entertainment, Sunny continues to use her platform to advocate for and give a voice to the marginalized.

 



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Past Hosts Include:
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Chrysalis
  • New York Association of Black Journalists
  • Brooklyn DA’s Black History Month “Social Justice Begins with You" Event
  • TED
  • Lyndon B Johnson Foundation
  • Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative
  • HELP USA
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Rave Reviews About Sunny Hostin as a Speaker
I've been doing these kinds of programs for 10-years. This year's event was clearly the best and Sunny's contribution to it was the KEY. Her style and depth of substance is second to none. We were all blessed by her words of encouragement, resiliency, and inspiration.

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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 spark ...

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 lawyerAfter 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

Four-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 CN ...

Four-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.  

Empowering Survivors

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 pro ...

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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<p><strong>Sunny Hostin is a gifted storyteller, from memoir to fiction, offering compelling and uplifting remarks at sought-after events</strong></p>

Sunny Hostin is a gifted storyteller, from memoir to fiction, offering compelling and uplifting remarks at sought-after events

Three-time Emmy-winning legal journalist and New York Times bestselling author SUNNY HOSTIN continues to captivate and inspire audiences across mediums. Her latest book, Summer on Sag Harbor, is the highly-anticipated second novel in her acclaimed ‘Summer’ series which has elevated the beach read genre with thoughtful social commentary about race, class, and romance. Summer on Sag Harbor debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. The first novel in her trilogy, Summer on the Bluffs, skyrocketed to #11 on the New York Times Bestseller List and is being adapted as the first major project for Sunny Hostin Productions. Hostin is also in development for The Counsel, a drama series inspired by her extraordinary life and career.

A truly gifted storyteller, Hostin is sought-after for events both as a keynote speaker and panel moderator and receives glowing praise from event hosts. Following an event with University of Maryland Easter Shore, the host raved: “I've been doing these kinds of programs for 10-years. This year's event was clearly the best and Sunny's contribution to it was the KEY. Her style and depth of substance is second to none. We were all blessed by her words of encouragement, resiliency, and inspiration.” After an event with Chrysalis, the host shared: “Sunny’s message and conversation were perfect for the event and audience. She understood the points that were important to us, and she emphasized them – so well-prepared. She was also gracious and lovely to work with. The chat and email messaging we received during and after the event was very positive and complimentary.“

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<p><strong>Sunny Hostin developing 'The Counsel', a drama series inspired by her life and career</strong></p>

Sunny Hostin developing 'The Counsel', a drama series inspired by her life and career

SUNNY HOSTIN, author, attorney, and co-host of The View will executive produce "The Counsel," a new drama series inspired by her life and professional career as a journalist. The series follows four women of color throughout their professional careers as leaders in journalism, law, politics, and public relations. The four women lean on their friendship as a scandal comes along and attempts to discredit their achievements. 

Three-time Emmy Award-winner Sunny Hostin has been a co-host of ABC’s morning show The View since 2016. Her debut book, I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds, features an introspective, intimate look into growing up Afro-Latina, discovering her identity and her ongoing fight for justice. Hostin also 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. In May 2021, she released her first novel, Summer on the Bluffs, chronicling the escapes of three god-sisters in Oak Bluffs, the most exclusive Black beach community in the country.

Hostin frequently receives rave reviews, including, "I've been doing these kinds of programs for 10-years. This year's event was clearly the best and Sunny's contribution to it was the 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 Eastern Shore) and "Sunny was FANTASTIC! She was so personable, funny and engaging. The feedback received from our top executives was phenomenal." (Barclaycard US)

<p><strong>Sunny Hostin's powerful new memoir 'I Am These Truths' is a unique and intimate look at identity, intolerance, and injustice</strong></p>

Sunny Hostin's powerful new memoir 'I Am These Truths' is a unique and intimate look at identity, intolerance, and injustice

Emmy Award-winning attorney, journalist, and co-host of ABC's The View SUNNY HOSTIN’s new book, I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds is a powerful memoir that offers an intimate and unique look at identity, intolerance, and injustice. In their coverage of Hostin’s book, People Magazine writes, “she traces her journey from growing up Afro-Latina in the South Bronx to becoming an assistant U.S. attorney and influential journalist. Constantly battling racism and sexism, Hostin says her struggles have given her even more reason to fight for justice — and bring a national spotlight to some of the most important news stories of our time.”

Hostin's TEDTalk “A Possibility Model” highlights her personal journey and the value in discovering who you do not want to be. Audiences rave, “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) and “Sunny was FANTASTIC! She was so personable, funny and engaging. The feedback received from our top executives was phenomenal” (Barclaycard US).

<p><strong>Speaker Spotlight: Sunny Hostin</strong></p>

Speaker Spotlight: Sunny Hostin

An attorney and renowned multi-platform journalist SUNNY HOSTIN is currently co-host of ABC’s The View and previously hosted The 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) and "Sunny was FANTASTIC! She was so personable, funny and engaging. The feedback received from our top executives was phenomenal" (Barclaycard US).

<p><strong>Sunny Hostin champions giving back </strong></p>

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.

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Three-time Emmy Award-winner and two-time New York Times best-selling author Sunny Hostin has been a co-host of The View since 2016. Sunny previously served as a host and legal analyst at CNN, as well as a fill-in co-anchor for ABC News’ World News Now and America This Morning. On May 2, 2023, Sunny released the second book in her “Summer” trilogy, Summer on Sag Harbor, which became an instant New York Times bestseller. In May 2021, Hostin released her debut novel, Summer on the Bluffs (William Morrow), which skyrocketed to #11 on The New York Times Bestseller List. The third book in the trilogy, Summer on Highland Beach, is scheduled to be released in summer of 2024. In the fall of 2020, Hostin released her memoir, I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds, with HarperOne, featuring an introspective look into the challenges she faced while being raised by teenage parents in the Bronx housing projects, the many obstacles she overcame to become a federal prosecutor, and her ultimate path to becoming an incredibly successful television journalist.

Sunny is also founder & CEO of Sunny Hostin Productions, a global, multi-platform media company that produces and creates premium film and television content highlighting important social justice issues, meaningful stories, and underrepresented groups. The company’s first project is to develop Sunny’s novel, Summer on the Bluffs, as a dramatic series alongside Octavia Spencer’s Orit Entertainment.

As a highly respected attorney and investigative journalist, Sunny has made a name for herself using her expertise in federal prosecution and true crime to bring a number of high-profile stories to light. In 2019, Sunny hosted and executive produced a six-episode documentary series, Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin, for Investigation Discovery, which explores some of the most infamous homicides in the nation. In the series, Sunny delves into each case, meeting with forensic experts, law enforcement officials, prosecutors, defense attorneys and the families of each victim to provide a comprehensive view of how cases are solved. In 2021, Sunny was part of the groundbreaking ABC primetime newscast, Soul of a Nation, the first broadcast network newsmagazine aiming to put Black life in America front and center. Sunny moderated a provocative recurring conversation called In the Kitchen, where each week a group of talkers and thinkers joined her for a candid discussion on current events and the theme of the week.

After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, Hostin began her career as an appellate law clerk and went on to become a trial attorney and federal prosecutor with the United States Justice Department. During her time as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she was awarded the Special Achievement Award by Attorney General Janet Reno for her prosecution of child sexual predators. She serves as a board member for Safe Horizon, where she fought for the successful passage of the New York State Child Victims Act in 2019, making it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice as adults. An inescapable voice from the top echelons of news and entertainment, she continues using her platform to advocate for and give voice to the marginalized.

A gifted storyteller, Sunny’s impressive depth of knowledge carries over to politics and the criminal justice system. She has brought clarity and context to some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including incisive political analysis of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and subsequent presidency, the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol, the Derek Chauvin trial and verdict, the college admission scandal, the George Zimmerman trial, the unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, and the AME church shooting in Charleston. In May 2020, Sunny and a group of Black female activists penned an authoritative op-ed for The Washington Post urging presidential candidate Joe Biden to select a Black female vice-presidential candidate, ultimately predicting his selection of Kamala Harris. Sunny has 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.

Sunny currently resides in New York with her husband Manny and two children, Gabriel and Paloma.