Star Jones has been part of television business for nearly 20 years, offering a fresh perspective to the day’s most talked-about crime and justice, political, and sociological issues from the worlds of news, entertainment, politics, and pop culture.
Jones, a lawyer by trade, is best known to television viewers for her confidence, and uncanny ability to clarify muddy legal and social issues as a co-host of ABC’s The View for nine years and as an NBC News Legal Correspondent. Her expertise in the law area and talent for television has won her critical acclaim as a television host, news and legal correspondent, and social commentator.
She has written two best-selling nonfiction books, You Have to Stand for Something, or You’ll Fall for Anything (Bantam) and Shine… A Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Journey to Finding Love (Harper Collins). Jones’ third book, Satan’s Sisters, a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes workings of a daytime talk show, was published in 2011. She is also the Editor-At-Large of UPTOWN Magazine.
For the past 25 years Star Jones has been a licensed attorney in the state of New York. As a prosecutor in Brooklyn, she was named a senior assistant attorney in the homicide division before she was 29 years old. To date, her felony conviction rate (31 of 33) remains the best in the county. Jones is an active supporter of the Democratic National Committee, and she has acted as an informal advisor to former chairman Howard Dean and a prolific fundraiser and a national surrogate on behalf of Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and President Barack Obama.
Jones has been a featured personality for numerous consumer brands including Saks Fifth Avenue, Kohl’s, and Target. She has graced the cover of various magazines and has been featured in every major newspaper and magazine in the country on topics ranging from news to lifestyle. A frequent public speaker, Jones has been asked to give lectures on a variety of topics including law, politics, race, gender, pop culture, and health.
As someone who believes “to whom much is given, much is required,” Jones is part of numerous philanthropic efforts and has served on the Board of Directors/Trustees for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, The National Urban League, The East Harlem School at Exodus House, God’s Love We Deliver, Girls, Inc., and Dress for Success Worldwide.
Jones underwent successful open heart surgery in March 2010. After undertaking an intensive three-month cardiac rehabilitation program, she returned to her regular activities with a new lease on life and a dedication to making heart health her primary philanthropic focus. In 2011, she was named The American Heart Association’s National Volunteer.