MSNBC correspondent and political commentator Joy-Ann Reid was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1970, the daughter of a Congolese father and a British Guyanese mother. She wrote the book "Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide," which was published by HarperCollins in 2015.
Reid is an accomplished journalist, having formerly worked as the managing editor of TheGrio.com from 2011 to 2014 and as editor of political blog The Reid Report from 2000 to 2014. She also wrote a political column for "The Miami Herald" from 2003 to 2015.
Reid grew up in Colorado, where the family moved after her father abandoned the family and returned to the Congo. She worked her way through Harvard to earn a film degree in 1991. As of November 2015, she is married to Discovery Channel film editor Jason Reid, with whom she shares two sons and a daughter.