Hostin, for the past six years a host and legal analyst at CNN, previously was part of the World News Now and America This Morning team, filling in as co-anchor.
Today’s move comes the morning after ABC News announced its daytime show The View, on which Hostin has been a frequent co-host, will return for a 20th season, with no word as to which panelists are staying. This season the show’s ratings have slid compared to last season’s numbers which led to a co-host panel shakeup. This season’s panelists include Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven-Symone and Candace Cameron-Bure.
“A gifted storyteller, Sunny has an impressive depth of knowledge about the criminal justice system. 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,” ABC News president James Goldston said in today’s announcement. “I’m confident that Sunny’s sharp insights will be valuable assets to ABC News, complementing the brilliant work led by our chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and joining Ryan Smith on our terrific team of legal experts.”
Hostin began her career as an appellate law clerk after graduating from Notre Dame Law School and went on to become a trial attorney for the Justice Department and a federal prosecutor.