ABC News President James Goldston announced this morning that the news division is bringing aboard Sunny Hostin as senior legal correspondent and analyst. Goldston made the announcement in a memo circulated to staffers.
The hire marks a return to ABC News for Hostin, who was previously involved with “World News Now” and “America This Morning,” including filling in as co-anchor, during a stint with ABC in 2011 and 2012.
She was a host and legal analyst at CNN for about six years, going back to 2007, following a weekly role on the “Is It Legal?” segment on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor.” Hostin has a background as a lawyer, columnist and social commentator, and is a former assistant U.S. Attorney.
“A gifted storyteller, Sunny has an impressive depth of knowledge about the criminal justice system,” Goldston said in his memo. “She has brought clarity and context to complicated legal and social justice issues in covering some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including the Bernie Madoff scandal, the George Zimmerman trial, the unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, the AME church shooting in Charleston and the Bill Cosby rape allegations.”