Star Jones, a lawyer and former prosecutor, is best known to television viewers for her candor, confidence and uncanny ability to clarify muddy legal and social issues. Her knowledge of the law and talent for television has won her critical acclaim as a news and legal correspondent.
Jones is the executive editor and host of the daytime talk show, Star Jones, airing weekdays at 3pm on tru TV. It focuses on the mix of law, justice, pop culture and entertainment. The show, which premiered in August, offers a fresh perspective to the day’s most talked about crime and justice stories from news and pop culture.
Jones has had an amazing television career spanning more than 15 years. After her initial television debut in 1991, she became the NBC legal correspondent for Today and Nightly News; hosted her own syndicated talk show, Jones & Jury; was senior correspondent and chief legal analyst for Inside Edition; hosted Live from the Red Carpet for E! Entertainment Television; and was a co-host of the Emmy®-winning talk show The View for nine years. During her television career, Jones has covered, reported on or provided commentary regarding the latest developments in every major criminal and civil trial of the last decade. She has obtained exclusive and/or personal interviews with everyone from Mike Tyson, Rodney King and O.J Simpson to a host of celebrities, entertainers and captains of industry, politicians and lawyers, as well as several former United States presidents.
As a lawyer, she gained attention in court with a number of highly publicized victories. In one case she became the first New York Assistant District Attorney to obtain the maximum sentence for a 13-year-old defendant tried as an adult for the murder of another teenager. In another case, she won a 66-year prison term for a serial sex abuser known as the “Bicycle Rapist” after other lawyers had failed to get convictions in four other cases. As law is still Jones’ first love, she has been for the last 20 years and still is a licensed attorney in the state of New York.
Jones is the author of two best-selling books, a featured guest on numerous television shows and, most important to her, heavily involved in numerous philanthropic efforts. As the goodwill ambassador for First Star, Jones is the voice of the effort to give basic rights to children in America’s foster care system. She is on the Board of Directors/Trustees of The East Harlem School, The G&P Foundation for Cancer Research, God’s Love We Deliver. Additionally, she is on the National Advisory Boards of Girls, Inc. and Dress for Success. In 2002, Jones launched her own not-for-profit foundation The Starlet Fund, which makes financial grants to individuals and organizations that are dedicated to the support and encouragement of women, girls and families in need.