After a career as an attorney and White House Fellow, Jami transitioned to a career in journalism, a career that now spans two decades, during which time she has worked on everything from breaking news to exclusive interviews to long-form investigations.
Her broadcast career began while teaching law at Stanford University, when she was invited to appear on a prime time ABC special, “The Trouble with Lawyers.” Following the appearance, she was invited to serve as a legal analyst for KPIX Radio in San Francisco during the OJ Simpson murder trial. Jami then moved to reporting local news for KPIX-TV. In 1995, she joined CBS News in New York and, in 1998, moved over to ABC News. There, she served for nearly a decade in various capacities, including Law & Justice Correspondent, the youngest person to hold the post. In that role, Jami covered a range of issues such as the innocence movement, civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court, the contested 2000 presidential election, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In 2006, she launched her own program at Court TV called “Jami Floyd: Best Defense,” a daily legal and political talk show, which enjoyed a five-year run. Over the years, she has appeared as a commentator on many news outlets including CNN, Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS.
Jami has won numerous awards, including the Gracie, two Tellys, the Maggie and two Cine-Golden Eagle Awards for journalism. In September 2015, she was named a Public Scholar by the New York Council for the Humanities, for a two year term.
Now, Jami is very proud to introduce a year-long project called The Other Box Project that explores issues facing mixed race families. Fifty years ago on June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia declared laws criminalizing interracial marriage unconstitutional, clearing the way for couples to marry and start families regardless of race. On the anniversary of the case, the project will look at what it means to check the “other” box on the census in today’s society through public conversations, film, and exhibitions.
Listen as Jami tells Alex about her fascinating journey, her work, and about The Other Box Project.
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