Born: Asunción Cummings
Born/Date of Birth: 20 October, 1968
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States
Education: Binghamton University (BA)
University of Notre Dame (JD)
Occupation: Lawyer, journalist, Columnist, Social Commentator
Notable credit(s): American Morning legal analyst (2007–2011)
The View co-host (2016–present)
Spouse(s): Emmanuel Hostin (m. 1998)
Children: Gabriel Hostin, Paloma Hostin
Parents: Rosa Beza, William Cummings
Official Website: sunnyhostin.com
Asunción Cummings Hostin (October 20, 1968), known professionally as Sunny Hostin, is an American lawyer, columnist, multi-platform progressive journalist, and a social commentator. Hostin is the Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst for ABC News as well as a co-host on ABC's morning talk show The View.
Early life and education
Hostin was born in New York City to a Puerto Rican mother, Rosa Beza, and an African-American father, William Cummings. Her maternal grandfather was of Sephardic Jewish descent. Hostin was raised in the Bronx, New York City, attended the all-girls Dominican Academy, and is fluently bilingual in English and Spanish. She received her B.A. degree in English and Rhetoric from Binghamton University and her J.D. degree from Notre Dame Law School.
Hostin began her career as a law clerk to retired Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals Robert M. Bell. She later became a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. Hostin left the Antitrust Division to become a federal prosecutor, specializing in child sex crimes. Hostin was awarded a Special Achievement Award for her successful prosecution of sex offenders. Hostin 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.
She began her television career as a commentator for Court TV and was then offered a spot on the Fox News program The O'Reilly Factor, where she appeared on the show's "Is It Legal?" segments, regularly debating with Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly. CNN President Jon Klein signed her to the network in September 2007 as the legal analyst for its flagship morning show American Morning. In 2014, Hostin began frequently appearing as a guest contributor on the ABC daytime talk show The View. In 2015, Hostin participated in a TEDx Talk titled A Possibility Model that details the effects of an early trauma. In March 2016, it was announced that Hostin was joining ABC News as Senior Legal Correspondent and analyst. She became a permanent co-host of The View beginning the show's twentieth season in September 2016. In 2017, Hostin made a cameo appearance as herself in Girls Trip, which grossed $140 million worldwide, including over $100 million domestically, the first comedy of 2017 to do so.
In 2018, Hostin spoke of having been a target of racist taunts. In 2019, Hostin will serve as an executive producer on a new Investigation Discovery series “The Whole Truth With Sunny Hostin,” a six-episode documentary series that will show Hostin traveling to various parts of the United States to explore the stories behind some of the nation’s most notorious homicides.
Hostin married orthopedic surgeon Emmanuel Hostin, in August 1998. She lives with her husband and their two children, Gabriel, born on August 15, 2002, and Paloma, born on May 5, 2006, in Purchase, New York. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
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